Anonymous Fukushima Workers: We dumped untested water last typhoon, could be criminal — ‘Landmines’ of extremely high radiation at many locations — Very worrying that I’m getting sick more now — “Site full of yakuza & rank amateurs”

Published: October 31st, 2013 at 8:28 am ET


Excerpts from an Oct. 22, 2013 report in Shukan Gendai with translation by EX-SKF:

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. […]

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Published: October 31st, 2013 at 8:28 am ET


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48 comments to Anonymous Fukushima Workers: We dumped untested water last typhoon, could be criminal — ‘Landmines’ of extremely high radiation at many locations — Very worrying that I’m getting sick more now — “Site full of yakuza & rank amateurs”

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    They aren't just dumping because of the typhoon..they are dumping every day.
    The typhoon allows for some admission.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    It's been a long time the mob exercised control by the use of force. When threatened with such reprisals involving kneecappings, garrots, cement overshoes, etc., people were easily manipulated.

    Now that's all out the window for being sent to 'cleanup' nuclear disaster sites. What's really funny is that the gangsters are now sending one another to Fukushima.

    These are strange times….what will Japan be without the Yakuza…?

  • nedlifromvermont

    This is a bad report. Send immediately to Jeffrey Immelt … GE policies are the proximate cause to this irreparable disaster.

    peace …

  • sangell

    This labor contracting system they use in Japan must end, Tepco put in a subordinate role and the Japanese government assume overall responsibility for the clean up. Workers must be trained, their dosages monitored by third parties and paid well. This is no time for cost cutting measures or the place for hiring people off the street. This is a world class disaster and it cannot continue to be run as it has been.

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    "…, but there was a reason why we didn’t measure; depending on the result of the measurement it would have been a criminal act."

    exactly why the Canadian and US .gov stopped monitoring for radiaion levels across north america right after the plant blew up.

    • sentinelle sentinelle

      My thought exactly!
      We have reactive governments in charge of the world.
      A look the other way mentality.
      Victims are only guinea pigs for observation and exploitation for business and research.
      Protection of the population is secondary to expense and chaos of evacuation.
      The systems we thought and trusted to be humane are psychopathic.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    The workers are like the "Squonk." Lyrics from Genesis, "Squonk"

    "Like father like son
    Not flesh nor fish nor bone
    A red rag hangs from an open mouth.
    Alive at both ends but a little dead in the middle,
    A-tumbling and a-bumbling he will go.
    All the King's horses and all the King's men
    Could never put a smile on that face.

    He's a sly one, he's a shy one
    Wouldn't you be too.
    Scared to be left all on his own.
    Hasn't a, hasn't a friend to play with, the Ugly Duckling
    The pressure on, the bubble will burst before our eyes.
    All the while in perfect time
    His tears are falling on the ground

    Go a little faster now, you might get there in time ….

    All in all you are a very dying race
    Placing trust upon a cruel world.
    You never had the things you thought you should have had
    And you'll not get them now,
    And all the while in perfect time
    Your tears are falling on the ground."

    • Steve_G Steve_G

      A pity that this song sums up the reality of Fuku. But a big thank you for the link to one of my all time favorite tunes, HoTaters!

  • weeman

    It was rank amateurs that were the regulators at Chernobyl, it does not take a expert to remove rubble, the main point is that they are not rotating workers and exposing them to high levels of contamination with little or no protection and no health care?
    I do hope they have the experts working when removing fuel from SFP four, not for the rank and file?

    • We Not They Finally

      Weeman, you mostly show a lot of common sense. So this isn't directed at you personally. But it seems like everyone here and there (maybe exhaustion??) starts dealing with this like it's just a CONSTRUCTION SITE.

      I mean, just go in there and clean out the trash! Build a wall around it! Put a tarp over it! Build a dam! Dump concrete! Just step right up and get someone competent to run the crane! I mean, can't some good hardhats just "take care of this"?

      Look. By now, they cannot get anyone but the desperate or duped to go NEAR that place! It's a death sentence. And the fuel rods in SFP4 (assuming it has not ALREADY toppled and we just haven't been told) have to be removed MANUALLY. But they are apparently already twisted and crushed and this can't be done.

      Meanwhile, every time there is testing, the radiation levels seem to be going up EXPONENTIALLY.

      No one wants to say, "They can't fix this." So everyone has some new idea about this is just a CONSTRUCTION SITE, so just march right in there and take care of it. I mean, "It does not take an expert to remove rubble."


      • weeman

        If it is not a construction site what is it, a waste disposal site?
        Even if it can not be fixed, you are not going to try?
        Please note that much will be virtually uncontainable and my main point was to protect workers by rotating and don't tell me you can not find workers, if you look further afield and give adequate pay, protection and health care?, don't ask what your country Japan can do for you but what you can do for the country and you might as well add humanity?
        It is criminal to not rotate workers, this is a death sentence, you must give hope of survival?
        At the rate of the recent spikes in radiation levels, it will not be long before you have to abandon site and at that time it will no longer be a construction site, it will be a waste disposal site.
        Please no disrespect intended and nobody has the answer, especially not me and something's I am out to lunch.
        We fight the good fight together, for it is righteous, no argument.

        • norbu norbu

          weeman it is a Global disaster site, construction site, Nuclear dump site. The site of humanity's demise. Very Sad. Words can not express how I feel.

          • weeman

            We are all in the same boat surrounded by radioactive water and on sea rations and no sign of rain or wind in the forecast.
            Everyone at this site knows the potential and we rely on each other and know, you are not alone?
            Eyes wide open.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Everything is fine when the shepherd leads his flock to slaughter as the little lambs all line up in a neat controllable row. As the first lamb is placed up on the altar the other lambs pay little attention until they see the fate of their friend. Then the hoofs start to scratch the dirt repeatedly and fear fills their eyes and a twitching of the once nice neat little row of lambs begins to take over as they understand they too will be butchered! All you mention about health care etc. rotating workers etc. are manmade constructs and none of them should have ever been required in our lifetimes on this planet. Once again a created illusion for the very sick human minds.

          Progress comes with great consequences and none of them will be good in the future if we stay this present course with using Nuclear Technology… 🙁

      • babbo dorian babbo dorian

        WNTF, I agree with you.
        I guess, besides communicate what we think we know to tour beloved ones….
        We must decide ourselves our own choice…..
        Do the best for others and for ourselves…. protect from radiation or just live and wait….
        My best whishes….

      • bo bo

        It's not a construction site or a waste dump…
        I have this view of this place like a sandbox with kids playing in it, building moats, releasing water, digging here and there…

    • flagit flagit

      check the reading nearest you.
      stations 4 are beta, and 5 are gamma.

      then check the readings from dai-ichi.

      im hearing radio interviews suggesting that robots are just not returning. suggesting its just too hot for components. so im a little confused as to these cleanup efforts.

  • ftlt

    Can filling tankers and dumping out in the deep ocean be far off..

    Wonder how much other toxic stuff is just shipped out to the middle of the ocean everyday – in keeping with the Globalist's thinking of out-of-sight out-of-mind profit making..

  • Ron

    The typhoons are great cover if one is planning to open the spigots and let it all out.

    This is facetious as I don't expect it to happen, but I say send all those nuclear apologists who swarmed the internet for decades (e.g. Karl Johannsen, Edward Greisch etc.) calling people stupid and lying about how clean and safe their toxic inventions were. Send them in to do the dirty work, to put their backs where their mouths have been.

  • Mack Mack

    Stumbled upon this:

    >> "Purolite Corporation develops ion-exchange resin for Fukushima"

    A press release said:

    "…the Purolite ion exchange resin-based solution will remove 62 identified radioactive nuclides in the water, eliminate 80 percent of the radioactive sludge, eliminate the need for storage tanks for highly radioactive water and reduce the need to build water intrusion walls around the reactors"

    From Purolite's website:

    "Radionuclide Clean-Up at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant"

    • vicky13 vicky13

      This is something Mack,,

      Huge questions are,,

      is Japan going to use this technology?
      and how fast is it going to be applied?

      should be yes to both,, TEPCO!!!


  • Chuck

    What is really frightening is that TPTB are willing to sacrifice themselves, their children, and grand children along with the masses. Do they think that they will somehow survive unscathed? The world is insane because we're letting the insane lead us to extinction.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yep! You are now seeing things very clearly 🙂

  • J.

    This is not directly on topic, but valuable:

    October 31, 2013 "Information Clearing House – The 22nd World Energy Congress, one of the most important meetings of the energy sector, also dubbed the “Energy Olympics” took place from 13-17 October 2013 in Daegu, South Korea. It was attended by some 5000 participants from 93 countries, including about 50 ministers and senior government officials.

    The article may give us some idea about where we're all headed.

  • papacares papacares

    skilled nuclear worker, what an oxymoron

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    the more yakuza on site, the better. They are especially needed between what remains of reactors 2 and 3.

  • BethR BethR

    Obviously it isn't "right" to "threaten" anyone into working at Fukushima, but I think it's a "brilliant" move, perhaps, recruiting people with serious "debts" to settle… Offer them a way to take care of their families, get "amnesty," and/or go-out as "heroes" if it does prove to be a fatal decision? I don't necessarily see anything wrong with that strategy. Come on. Who else are they going to get at this point, and how? Do you really think there are enough trained/skilled workers (as-if anyone were "trained" in this unprecedented scenario) to have enough of them to "rotate" through the maximum exposure-times to do the job (most of which probably has very little at this point to-do with skills & experience anyway?). Am I the only one who thinks that's actually kind of a brilliant idea? They should recruit prisoners next (on a volunteer-only basis of-course) to work a shift at Fukushima in-exchange for some amnesty for their crimes.

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    Beth-you may want to empathize with your fellow human beings.

    If you live in the United States or Canada, a live reenactment of the FU disaster is likely to happen soon somewhere near you based on the age and condition of the operating reactor fleet.

    Beth, you too may end up in the same type of labor pool. You seem sincere and well meaning. IMHO you should think about how to eliminate the use of NP rather than legitimizing the shift of the responsibility for cleanup to disenfranchised classes. They are not all criminals.

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    …Dumping untested water…The use of homeless, indentured workers, nuclear slaves, amateurs all referenced in current and prior posts. Most people would agree that these actions are immoral, if not ethical. They are not necessarily illegal.

    These actions on the contrary are condoned, if not supported by the Japanese government, and there is no immediate need for official redress.

    Code-your reference to the EPC firm research paper addition is cryptic, but appreciated. The logical connection between national geography and the legal authority to construct reactors has at its core the inherent logic that externalities can be controlled by corporations and the nation states in which the corporation operates. This is far from reality. No system, corporation, or government has so far effectively addressed the externality of species extinction.

    Land based dumping of contaminated water into oceans bordered by many countries isn’t regulated by any treaties. The regulation falls to the national government of Japan.

    Enforcement of working conditions also falls to the same entity. Its own interests, tempered by international political alliances, and economic and military ties, strongly influence the lack of interest in site conditions.

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    All workers referenced in these posts are cannon fodder. The skilled workers are being recruited by international firms like the Shaw Group.

    What can we/you do?

    Anything you can to help educate others with the goal of nothing short of banning nuclear power.

    Fukushima remediation should be attempted also, with whatever means available, despite all suggestions that we are limited by reality of physics.


  • Mack Mack

    Meanwhile TEPCO posted a $6.26 BILLION dollar profit for the April-September time period:

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Really? Now how can that be?

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    Hi Obe-easy.

    As you probably know, statistics are subjective. So is accounting if you are smart enough to know how to "appropriately" categorize items in the general ledger.

    Japanese government cash infusions to the rescue.

    This won't go on for too much longer.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Slightly over 550, gross beta count rate, Denver, a day ago. Today it is slightly over 400. Not happy readings.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Oh, I see, and I guess as long as you have/possess an unlimited uncapped 24/7 running printing press "credit line", then sure you can infuse all you need to solve any problem you might have created with your buddies.

    Based on what I am seeing over here, I do believe it could go on forever, since heck none of it is really their money either! 🙂

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    Obe-true. I was only referencing the ongoing profitability of T. For it to remain profitable, either more capital infusions or the transfer of ownership of FU from Tepco will be required.

    In both instances, the liberal use of the Japan credit line will be required.

    The true nature of nuclear power is that it is yet another form of corporate welfare, where taxpayer subsidy is required to enable both the NPP construction and the subsequent cleanup of the NPP trash. This arrangement will go on forever until less it is stopped.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Wyakin you are always right on target and it's appreciated and yes it all dumps (the costs) on those that they by force control and enslave.

    It always has and always will be this way and that is the true corruption of the current institutionalized by law reigns of power established/started thousands of years ago or something like a Word Craft pecking order.

    If only we all could have our very own personal printing press.. 🙂

  • Vorith

    I find it interesting, having seen so many articles this year about advances in high tech robotics. I suppose they don't want to get them dirty however…

    And what about boron? Note the lack of world wide shipments! The fact that the rest of the world isn't more engaged is along the lines of a smoking gun; all by design and likely all planned/"agreed" upon many years ago.

    Ya, "civilization" is essentially a matrix for those to be controlled and exploited. Seems safe to say, tho we are not talking about a cosmic designer, that the institutionalized notion of God was in fact a tool to get us where we are today. Or rather, to stand by and worship (and fear hell or karma etc) while They build our prison, funded by us of course.

    So, much has come out now and even the peasants have a clue as to what's been going on. Now what? Petitions are laughable.

    As for the workers on a kind of death row… What can I say? Thank you very very much?

    And what about those underground cities They'll slink off to if necessary?

    Yadda. Seems to me one of The major problems down here are lackeys. Those who go along with these offenses and or do the dirty work. This and how the people never seem to get together for some truly effective changes. Yeah, there have been exceptions and there are very strong people out there. Strong within that is!! These other types…

  • These actions on the contrary are condoned, if not supported by the Japanese government, and there is no immediate need for official redress.

  • Shillbullshit007

    well if any of this disaster is true…which it is people are going to start dropping like flies n birth rates also…the pharmaculeutical cartel will literally make a killing out of the cancers n the clean up n decommission of all the reactors in the world is an endless money abyss for the corrupt bankers n demon nephilim who run the show…genius really happy days planet radioactive ;o)

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