Worker A, man in his 30s from Kanagawa Prefecture, volunteered to work at Fukushima I NPP right after the accident
The skilled workers [...] work closer to the reactors, and they exceed the limit in one to two weeks.
Worker B, man in his 40s from Osaka Prefecture, commutes to the plant from his dorm in Iwaki City
I’m working with [...] a former worker at a pub in Shinjuku, a life guard at a swimming pool, a cram school teacher, a truck driver. In other words, rank amateurs. There is no skilled worker. [...]
The other day when a typhoon hit, heavy rain almost caused the water in the drain to overflow. [...] We were accused of not measuring the radiation before we released, but there was a reason why we didn’t measure; depending on the result of the measurement it would have been a criminal act.
There are still many locations with extremely high radiation at Fukushima I Nuke Plant, like landmines. When we drive on the road on the mountain-side [west] of the reactor building, the radiation level rises rapidly. Particularly between Reactor 2 and Reactor 3. [...]
[...] the hoses used to transfer contaminated water have been used since the start of the accident. They have deteriorated much — and leaking. Reactor buildings remain tattered. [...] We still don’t know what is like inside the reactor at Unit 3. Radiation is too high, and not even a robot can enter.
[...] they can’t secure workers unless they rely on yakuza.
Worker C, man in his 20s from Tokyo, decided to change his job after being recruited on the street
Workers include people sent here by yakuzas for their debts and down and out yakuzas themselves. The site is full of yakuzas and rank amateurs…
Worker D, veteran worker from Fukushima, working at the plant since before the accident
The health care is progressively getting worse. [...] now, there is no such care unless your radiation exposure is significantly high. As for myself, I catch cold more often these days. It may be partly because of overwork, but I am very worried.
[...] Contaminated water keep increasing, workers keep decreasing. [...]
See also: Fukushima Worker: I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012, now stomach and intestinal cancers found recently -- Each developed independently, not from one spreading -- Worked at plant for just 4 months in 2011
Published: October 31st, 2013 at 8:28 am ET