Report: 100,000 Tepco employees being sent to Fukushima in 2013

Published: October 27th, 2012 at 5:30 pm ET


Oct. 27 ,2012 report in Nikkei with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

In the mid-term administration plan, Tepco decided to send all of their employees to Fukushima for decontamination from 2013.

They are sent to Fukushima for 2~3 times a year, about 100,000 people in total will go to Fukushima annually.

This is not volunteer, this is obligation.

Google translation of an excerpt from the Nikkei report:


Published: October 27th, 2012 at 5:30 pm ET


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34 comments to Report: 100,000 Tepco employees being sent to Fukushima in 2013

  • Does that include TEPCO executives, too?

    i have a feeling that many TEPCO employees will quit just before their mandatory Fukushima stint.

  • omniversling

    I think shareholders should have a go too…that is, shareholders of the pre-taxpayer funded nationalised TEPKILL..of course, now that TEPKILL is nationalised, the citizens of Japan own the means of their own's all SO Fukud Up…!

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    maybe we should not have suggested setting up FukU as a resort spa center. They seem to have taken us seriously.

    Lots of hot water, steam rooms, basements with colored healing water, and lots of glowing food, filled with 'health' giving radiation.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      They should be sending 1 million people to clean up the mess, like the Soviets did for Chernobyl… not that it did that much good, but it did prevent a larger disaster and the corium was prevented from melting down to groundwater.

      At FukU, they ignored the problem, did not try to prevent MULTIPLE coriums from melting through and are now covering up the disaster, which continues to this day, without any end in sight.

      More free radiation for everyone into the ocean, into the air, into the groundwater, and into the Earth, via multiple out of control nuclear fires burrowing deeper and deeper into the Earth..

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        I think you are right. They should be sending in at least 1 million people to clean up the mess, but I can't imagine anyone who would be 'willing' to do the work. Are they going to draft members of their military (once they run out of employees? No offense intended towards Japan, but I personally am glad that President Obama did not activate any of our military to go over to help them. I think this might be a consideration why other countries weren't banging on the door to go in and 'help.' It's basically a slow-suicide mission. They are going to have to spend millions of dollars on advertising to convince their own people that it will be the 'honorable' thing to do – to work there. and yes, it is the right thing — but it must be so difficult for the workers and their families.

  • arclight arclight

    "Tepco decided to send all of their employees to Fukushima for decontamination from 2013."

    Is this their employees?

    Uploaded by Corroncheria on Apr 18, 2011

    British TV documentary "Nuclear Ginza" (1995) about the Japanese nuclear industry and the risks it poses to its workers and population.

    Directed by Nicholas Rohl

    Documentary "Nuclear Ginza" – Part 1

    Documentary "Nuclear Ginza" – Part 2

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to hire 500 people in fiscal 2014 while earmarking around ¥73 billion for bonuses it will hand out over the next three years.
    The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant submitted the plan to a METI panel reviewing its plans to raise household electricity rates.

    Tepco skipped regular hiring in fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013 in order to secure funds to compensate people affected by the triple-meltdown disaster at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    Tepco believes it will be unable to secure the number of workers necessary to maintain a stable supply of electricity if it continues to forgo new hiring. It is also concerned it will face difficulty passing technological expertise on to younger ranks….In fiscal 2013, which begins next April 1, Tepco will offer buyout packages to some employees as it is expected to have a surplus of around 900 workers as a result of its streamlining efforts. Tepco hopes to shed 3,600 workers…

    • arclight arclight

      …workers before fiscal 2014.


    • arclight arclight

      Admission of “dangerously high doses” to Fukushima workers -need to develop robots -Audio and Video


      October 26, 2012
      When disasters hit, relief workers often have to put their own lives at risk. Many workers at the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan received dangerous doses of radiation after the accident there last year. The Pentagon hopes a contest to build a better robot will make it easier and safer to mitigate disasters.

      • Maggie123

        "The Pentagon hopes a contest to build a better robot will…" Pentagon schemers need to read up on research on creativity:

        Excerpt: "6 Myths of Creativity"
        "There's a widespread belief, particularly in the finance and high-tech industries, that internal competition fosters innovation. In our surveys, we found that creativity takes a hit when people in a work group compete instead of collaborate. The most creative teams are those that have the confidence to share and debate ideas. But when people compete for recognition, they stop sharing information. And that's destructive because nobody in an organization has all of the information required to put all the pieces of the puzzle together." Full description of this and the other 5 myths here:

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          Yeah, Maggie123, thanks so much! Finally, that myth is being addressed. So much mediocrity has been promoted as "the best" because it came from competition rather than cooperation.

    • Weeping Lulu Weeping Lulu

      Humm, sorry dead people don't talk or have opinions but more than that, they do not require dirty money no matter how much Tepco or the Government decides to pay out!!

  • richard richard

    I've been saying for some time that unless there are busloads of people arriving EVERY day, then the numbers can not stackup to 'decommissioning'.

    Earlier I did approximations based on the dosage each person maybe allowed, in some cases it will take no more then 20 minutes to recieve a lifetimes dosage.

    So that was how I came to that conclusion. The need for new, uncontaminated bodies every day equals busloads. Everyday.

    While I continue to see one or a handful of people walking around the 'roof' of number 4, I know that nothing significant is being done to solve this catastrophe.

    2013 – yeah sure.. it will have only taken two years to get their friggin act together. pathetic response still.

  • richard richard

    'This is not volunteer, this is obligation.' – i'd like to see where that's written into an employees contract.

    Where's the obligation of all the nuke industry that was a pre-cursor to this shyte fight.

    Obligation of the politicians and the lobbyists and the designers and the builders and the consultants – and especially the board members. Send them all in.

    I agree with KAT, many employees will quit. Those that can 'afford' to that is. But when it comes to money versus health, you know what's going to lose.

  • Nukers are short sighted, greedy, they want immediate gratification, they don't care about short term risks to others or long term risks to anyone.

    And they get drunk on duty. Drunk while operating the most dangerous thing on earth.
    Proof is here

    And these drunks just arent the worker bees, these are the supervisors.

    Nuke is too dangerous for humans.

  • arclight arclight

    the question is..

    how many people are employed by tepco?

    if the average personel for a 1000 megawatt plant is 500 (in the usa, couldnt find japanese stats)
    then japan has about 25,000 nuclear workers
    the coal and gas generators will have to work at diachi as well!!


    * 15,000 — Number of jobs added to the U.S. nuclear power industry in the past three years

    * 21,000 — Potential number of new jobs in the nuclear industry if all 26 reactor applications are approved and built

    * 1,000 — Number of TVA nuclear employees eligible to retire in the next year

    * 500 — Average number of employees at a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant, compared with 220 at a comparable coal plant and 60 at a comparable natural gas plant

    Sources: Nuclear Energy Institute, Tennessee Valley Authority

    food for thought? dont think the office workers and tepguv nurery staff will have to chip in? will they?

    or nuclear ginza with no oversight to their health? therefore no compensation

  • arclight arclight

    Help Wanted: 25,000 Skilled Workers for the Nuclear Energy Industry

    The electric power industry alone will have to replace nearly 100,000 skilled workers—more than 25,000 of them in the nuclear industry—by 2015, a fact that is driving industry partnerships with educational institutions and spurred creation of the Get Into Energy website.

    Over the next five years, approximately 38 percent of workers in the electric power industry will be eligible to retire. “The average age of our work force is 49 or 50, so we’re looking at a significant number of retirements in the next several years,” said Angel Garcia, manager of work force education at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), which operates the San Onofre nuclear power plant. As daunting as the numbers are, finding applicants with the right skill sets can be even harder. With fewer potential new hires available from the nuclear Navy, he said, “there aren’t a whole lot of people lined up for jobs that have the skills we need.” ….


    • arclight arclight

      and from that link… want nuclear but no one stupid enough to want to work there?? and thats in the usa.. no chance in japan

      chinese workers are available if the USA will stop using knives and forks and use chopsticks!! 😉

      is obama chinese??? 😉

      "President Obama’s call for greater use of clean energy sources during his State of the Union address will help support the growth of jobs throughout the energy sector: “Tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal. By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all.”"

      • arclight arclight

        if i was working in the oil and gas industries in japan i would be worried

        maybe if i was working in the ol and gas industries elsewhere i might have some concerns?

        what says the japanese unions to this finding??

        notthing here
        Federation of Trade Unions gas nationwide we (abbreviation: gas nationwide), the (union 84) is the only "gas industry" that brings together fellow workers in related industries, including the gas across the country, approximately 25,000 It is an organization of industrial union.

        and the electrical workers? less than nothing

        only 25,000 in the gas industry in total 🙁
        that leaves the rest of the electrical generating industry to cough up the other 50,000

        couldnt find a cleaners union 🙁
        nor a holmless persons union 🙁

        some others in the nuke industry could apply

        i vote for yamashita!! 🙂

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Hi Arc, here's a related article:

          Nuclear Energy Debates within the Japanese Labor Movement and Its Response to the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Politicization or Continued Compromise-based Depoliticization?

          (Paper Presented at “Trade unions in the green economy” session at the Second ISA Forum, August 2012)

          Akira Suzuki

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            The rest(after author's name):

            Akira Suzuki
            The Ohara Institute for Social Research
            Hosei University (Tokyo, Japan)

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              A quote:

              "This paper examines the development of Rengo’s policies on nuclear energy since its establishment in 1989, and how the confederation has mediated different positions on this issue among its affiliates. It shows that, until the Fukushima Daiichi Accident in March 2011, those affiliates with economic stakes in nuclear industries, especially Denryoku Soren (the Federation of Electric Power Related Industry Worker's Unions of Japan, a federation of enterprise unions of electric companies such as TEPCO [Tokyo Electric Power Company]), had had strong influence in policy formation on nuclear energy and steered policy debates in the direction of further expansion of nuclear energy including the reprocessing of spent fuels for FBR (fast breeder reactors) and the use of MOX (mixed uranium-oxide) fuels. Other Rengo affiliates, particularly Jichiro (the All-Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union) have taken a critical stance against nuclear energy. These unions, while accepting the operation of the existing nuclear power plants based on the condition that safety measures were strictly observed, opposed the further construction of nuclear reactors in the existing or new sites, the reprocessing of spent fuels, and the use of plutonium.

              The focus of the paper is on how Rengo worked out compromises among its affiliates with different positions on nuclear energy when the confederation made annual or bi-annual “institutional and policy demands” (seisaku seido yokyu)…

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                " … The section on energy policies was one of important components of these policy documents. Despite its compromise-orientation, Rengo’s policies on nuclear energy have moved over the years closer to the position of the pro-nuclear affiliates, away from the position of the affiliates critical of nuclear energy. It is ironic that Rengo adopted the most explicit pro-nuclear policy in 2011, just before the " Fukushima Daiichi Accident, in which the confederation actively advocated the building of new nuclear reactors and the use of MOX fuels that used the plutonium produced by the reprocessing of spent fuels.

                The paper examines what factors, internal and external to Rengo, promoted (and sometimes hindered) the confederation’s move toward the increasingly pro-nuclear positions, and how the Fukushima Daiichi Accident had an impact on its nuclear power policies …."

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    "Obligation", thats a good one. This will show the rest of the world just how insane the Japanese realy are. I wonder what happens to the people that flat out refuse to go. Will they be arrested? Fired? Will they ever be able to get a decent job again? Will their children become targets for ridicule? All I know is if my employer walked up to me and said I as obliged to go and receive a leathal dose of radiation or else, I would go home, get a gun, and resolve the issue, to my liking. Too bad the Japanese aren't smart enough to allow themselves to own guns. This type of tyrany would be damned short lived.

  • Sickputer

    The IAEA publishes generic decommission guidelines that typically refer to the removal of plants from service that are not in a continuing state of crisis like Fukushima Daiichi. Thus talk and use of the word "decommission" is barely applicable to Japan's nightmare scenario.

    There can't be decommission unless there is first control of dangerous public-threatening radiation releases. They are still in fullblown accident mode at Daiichi so a traditional decommission scheme is a Big Brother press release designed to misinform the public worldwide.

    13 years ago it was estimated a "normal" decontamination for a single one-unit nuclear plant would run about several hundred million dollars over a period of 130 years. A broken megaplex like Daiichi shoots those estimations to shreds. To put it bluntly, the costs of Daiichi will quite likely bankrupt the country of Japan.

    Japan is financially unable to decommission Daiichi and the superpowers must assist. They must pay to entomb the damaged reactors.

    This option involves encasing radioactive structures, systems and components in a long-lived substance, such as concrete. The radioactive releases into the air and the Pacific Ocean must be contained and delay is only making the longterm decisions more costly both in money and in public health considerations.

    The toxic effects in Japan is destroying their way of life forever. Like at Treblinka the clock stopped March 11, 2011. There is no turning back the clock.

  • Urban27

    This is what they did when Chernobyl went off.
    Now it is time for Japan to do the same. But it seems to have taken long time for them to come to this. As it already had happen before they know this.
    Probably because they have been hiding the facts about this catastrophe – they didn't wanted it to show how big this catastrophe is.
    How many thousand people have already passed through, since the disaster happen?

  • Birdseye

    My guess, from living in Japan and reading this Japanese Janglish gobbledegook every day that "Fukushima" refers to the prefecture, not the reactor, and that "strengthen the life support reconstruction and cleaning of houses" refers to squirting high pressure hoses at peoples' houses in contaminated areas, filling bags with dead leaves on the ground, recording a lower radiation reading immediately after, and calling it decontamination. It means that they do this token "let's look like we're doing something and we understand the feelings of residents" activity, and declare an area now safe to live. It's nothing to do with "decommissioning" nuclear reactors, which is probably the wrong word for what needs to happen at Daichi, as other posters have said.

    This is just a continuation of the looking busy while being ineffectual which is the hallmark of so many Japanese organisations. Have their staff swarm over the neighbouring countryside, with a view to enticing former residents back to places which are currently deserted, all the while filming and planting feelgood reports in the press. They won't even go near areas where people are actually living, and there are high radiation readings, like Fukushima City, Koriyama. They won't help people who've got mountains of contaminated soil piled up under tarps next to their houses, because there's nowhere to put it.
    The aim is to get people moving back to areas that they evacuated so they become ineligible for…

  • Birdseye