Title: Doctors: Japan nuclear plant workers face stigma
Source: Associated Press
Author: By MALCOLM FOSTER (Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report)
Date: Aug 05, 2012 4:11 AM EDT
A growing number of Japanese workers who are risking their health to shut down the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are suffering from depression, anxiety about the future and a loss of motivation, say two doctors who visit them regularly.
Worries about radiation exposure aren’t overwhelmingly prevalent among the TEPCO workers, both doctors say, although some workers are concerned, especially those with higher exposure counts.
Workers at J-Village approached by a journalist refused to talk, and other contractors said they would get in trouble with the utility if they did.
A growing number of the workers tell the visiting psychiatrists of sagging motivation and hopelessness, and [Jun Shigemura, who heads a volunteer team of about ten psychiatrists and psychologists from the National Defense Medical College who meet with Tokyo Electric Power Co. nuclear plant employees] warned that such attitudes could lead to “misconduct or human error or sabotage.” He also said the workers are drinking more alcohol and smoking more.
The article end with this message from a Tepco official, “The public’s trust in TEPCO has declined [...] Hopefully as that improves, it will boost the workers’ spirits.”
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Published: August 6th, 2012 at 12:01 am ET
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