Asahi: Fukushima workers report exploitation — Told to be like kamikaze — Large numbers leaving — “I wonder if we can raise children”

Published: December 9th, 2012 at 10:18 am ET
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Title: Worker wants new government to secure safety at Fukushima plant
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: Miki Aoki and Toshio Tada
Date: December 09, 2012

A man in his 50s hopes that a new government to be formed after the Dec. 16 Lower House election will protect the health of workers like himself at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant [...]

The man said workers at the Fukushima No. 1 plant are being exploited. [...]

“Many people work without seeing a doctor because they fear they might be told not to come anymore from the next day,” he said. “It is a distortion caused by the layers of subcontractors involved. I want the government to protect us.” [...]

Man in his 40s who worked at the plant until recently

  • [A]ll the workers assigned to high-radiation areas around the reactor buildings were from subcontractors
  • [E]mployees of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. went around the areas only occasionally
  • [H]e never saw officials from regulatory government agencies in those areas
  • “I doubt whether any politician is giving serious thoughts on how to bring the crisis under control”
  • “It seems that political parties are calling for a move away from nuclear power only to attract votes”

A TEPCO employee in his 20s who grew up in Fukushima Prefecture

  • [He] has become an opponent of nuclear power after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 plant
  • “I was told to work at the plant like a kamikaze pilot”
  • [He] is evacuating from Fukushima Prefecture due to high levels of radiation he received
  • “I have no idea about how much radiation I was exposed to”
  • He said a large number of his colleagues left the company during the past year
  • “I wonder if we can raise children”

 See also: NHK: One person stops working at Fukushima plant each day -- A serious problem, conditions deteriorating (VIDEO)

Published: December 9th, 2012 at 10:18 am ET
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30 comments to Asahi: Fukushima workers report exploitation — Told to be like kamikaze — Large numbers leaving — “I wonder if we can raise children”

  • nedlifromvermont

    No problem … Jeffrey Immelt and his crack team of sick Sigma engineers, from world class industrial giant, General Electric Company, will be on the scene momentarily !!!

    No doubt they've been keeping their "How to regain control over three rogue, radiation-belching monsters" game plan under wraps for twenty-one months, so as not to lose the market lead to Korean rivals …

    this is a MARKET FAILURE!!!

    can you spell CRONY CAPITALISM???

    Hellooooo!!! Sheeple!!!

    Time to wake up from the nuclear hoax!!!!

    Peace …


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  • or-well

    This speaks volumes -
    "I have no idea about how much radiation I was exposed to."
    The implications stretch from bottom to top.
    Will all appropriate prosecutions proceed? I think not.
    Perhaps they'll make sacrifice of a scapegoat.

    It's a Yakuza Paloosa, crime-riddled tsunami,
    all official Japan a big-time crime family,
    hands in the pockets thru rackets, protection,
    handouts from J-Gov thru business connections,
    gangsters and tattoos and nuke-expertise,
    the cops are in handcuffs, crooks do as they please.
    Someone yelled "Hands up – all those who are hostage!"
    Government arms were a forest of sausage.
    No help from them, they're no better than garbage.
    But citizens swollen with samurai courage
    are getting ready to give them a message.


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  • m a x l i

    Some years ago, I had a neutral, indifferent or even mildly supporting stance to nuclear power. I believed it was part of human progress like the moon landing, modern medicine, computers… because that was the ONLY opinion I ever heard. All that was needed to change that categorically and most likely for ever was a short conversation with a colleague of mine who thought otherwise (I didn't know there were such people) and a book (by the author Klaus Traube) he gave me to read.

    How can you wake up the sheeple? The problem is, you can't have a meaningful conversation with most of them, because they are totally stupidified by endlessly watching football and other 'important' things in the stupidification box. Or they are to busy to not fall behind in the rat race, so they cannot spare a minute for unusual thoughts. And they don't read books! What do we do?


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    • m a x l i

      That was meant to be a response to nedlifromvermont.


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    • @maxli, Technolgy is the opium of the people ;)


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      • m a x l i

        Technology – the new religion…

        I am still a supporter of technology, in general. But in every case you have to ask yourself, is it making your life better or worse?


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        • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

          Hi maxli , technology has been pandora's box for the immature selfknowledge lacking monkey's from the beginning.
          For the planet and its life supporting future's to survive humankind should aim , with full use of its technological capabilities , 100% to become so harmonic/symbiotic with the whole bio-system , that it almost looks as a semi-perpetual machine within a perpetual machine kept
          in motion by the sun , forever (until its really our time) .

          Thats how the planet operates and therefore we should too imo . But unfortunatly , the aware minority is like a bunch of good housefathers with kids worrying about the future in a world of armed raging foaming at the mouth vampire zombie junkies looking for the next insane rush.


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        • omniversling

          The long-term outcomes of the rollout of 'technology' are often unknown, but the experiment is made on us anyway. Even when there are concerns, these are minimised, massaged, or ignored, usually in pursuit of profit. And when they are known, not included in the corporate 'bottom line' as the public purse pays for decommissioning or remediation. Privatise the profits, socialise the losses….

          Fascinating and compelling documentary on the amount of artificial frequency that is being injected into, and around, the planet (radio, HAARP, radar, telcoms, weaponisaton of bandwidth). Human interference with the planet's natural resonance now greater than the natural systems themselves. Also focusses on cellphone, cordless DEC and WiFi effects on bio-organisms. Highly recommended.

          RESONANCE – BEINGS OF FREQUENCY
          http://vimeo.com/54189727#at=0

          Thanking you all for your splendid contributions, and admin for such a helpful and informative forum!


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    • Maggie123

      Puzzling over this I've reviewed American culture as I experienced it 1950's. Setting = 'salt of earth' farmers, sm. businesses, post WW2 relief/motivation. Relationship to economy very different.

      I've traced backward thru grandparent generation – beliefs, hopes, expectations. More recently supplemented by excellent univ course lecture series in history, economics, etc. (most on YT – US & global).

      "Seamless" in a way. Genuine innocence 'back then' ('50's). Auto-washers such a relief from wringers; refrigerators replaced ice boxes. TV arrived. Advertising, planned obsolescence and 'consumer credit' to keep manufacturing alive and jobs happening. Parents deeply appreciative – thrilled to afford post-sec ed for kids. It all seemed "real progress". A lot of those parents had first-hand experience in farm homes without plumbing, and some grandparents had childhood experience with life in prairie 'soddies'.

      People watched it happen, watched themselves, I heard occasional discussion in the 1950's: "could turn out like Rome's empire, you know" – said more with curiosity than concern.

      Most populations at least in technologically 'advanced' nations are long separated from personal stories 'immediate enough'. Few look back to understand. Powerful paradigms carry "more progress and with it more ease." Limited practice of "sober reflection" as related to problem solving.

      (Summary thoughts of part of 'my take'.)


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      • Maggie123

        To my observation – same 'pattern' applies to Japanese cultural 'blindness', even if "degree and/or how it's shown" differ.

        More factors in any comprehensive analysis, of course, but post WW2 cultures IMO strongly oriented toward "more progress because it promises greater ease and choices".

        All cultures, all nations, susceptible to misinformation and manipulation + they lack openly taught 'downsides' of the path to "progress". (Peoples brutalized, displaced, 'made enemy', more war with need for defense spending, and on, and on.)

        Apologies for posting this link yet again but it's IMO so profoundly informative on Japan people's Post WW2 experience.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZAFftGl9Kk
        "Post War Japan: Cultures of Defeat, Cultures of Conflict".


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        • VanneV anne

          It's the flicker rate on TV. It hypnotizes everyone into believing that they are being told the truth. Also, all the fluride in the water calms everyone while they are dying. The world now has globalized culture.


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        • Maggie123

          YouTube link on excellent post-WW2 Japanese culture seems 'dead'. Mysterious. I've been to the link multiple times last 6-8 weeks. Noticed it was 'black' today (no vid) when gave link above but was so surprised that I assumed 'my system' and a 'glitch'. Have tested again – 'dead'.

          Have gone to 2nd source (http://www.booktv.org/Watch/11939/After+Words+John+Dower+Cultures+of+War+interviewed+by+Sanho+Tree+Institute+for+Policy+Studies+fellow.aspx) with same result – 'video' space 'empty'.

          Lecture was in-depth, powerful style of narration over still photos, both critical and sympathetic of Japanese and of American roles in Japan's WW2 experience incl nuclear. No reason to pull it or cancel it that I can think of and no explanations given.

          See Professor John W. Dower link for information on his comprehensive work, incl Japanese culture, incl books. http://history.mit.edu/people/john-w-dower

          I've watched at least one other excellent YT Dower lecture on Japanese. Have not checked it's status today.


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          • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

            quote Maggie "YouTube link on excellent post-WW2 Japanese culture seems 'dead'. Mysterious."

            The link is back up Maggie , probably just a technicality .

            quote "Puzzling over this I've reviewed American culture as I experienced it 1950's"
            sry just curious and OT but Did you go to Woodstock Maggie ?


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            • Maggie123

              Thanks, DID – re YouTube 'glitch' – later discovered it was indeed my system but didn't re-post info as I figured I'd offered enough links for anyone interested to check it out.

              I hope a few more did – The study of Japanese cultural shifts, challenges and responses blew any stereotypes I held out of the water for sure.

              Re Woodstock :) Alas, nope. I was deeply interested, involved, with the 60's in my way – especially drawn to political attitudes and to the vibrant enthusiasm for possibility. But it's also always been my situation to be somewhat a 'peripheral' member of any culture or subculture. Worked 40hr/wk in rural venue starting age 12 when not going to school, which continued through college, (and somehow stayed a pattern)! Never had time/money to leap into the full experience!


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              • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

                Hi Maggie thx , – especially drawn to political attitudes and to the vibrant enthusiasm for possibility.

                I sooooo wish i could have been there in the States to absorb it all at that time , all i got was an short echo from the music of my oldest brothers . But the short glimpses i snatched from tv and magazines of the subculture told me enough . These where the first real living non-conformist's i saw (i guess i was intuitively looking fore them , as rolemodels, because my parents hated them ) good guy's lol . What a free vibes , what idealisme and all . Don't bogaert that J my friend , pass it over to me… :) Sounds way better then pass me the thyroid pill botle if you ask me.
                Ok , enough offtopic .


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima Decommissioning Working Conditions Deteriorating; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/11/fukushima-decommissioning-working.html


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  • nedlifromvermont

    @ maxli … we keep coming up with the best one-liners … and then one day, before we get too old, we try to remember them and write them down … before we forget how to read …

    and try and have empathy for those around us … in other words, emphasize non-psychopathic tendencies …

    and definitely keep ragging on the nuclear misfits, 'til they're sore!!!

    peace …


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    @ maxli

    Regarding how to wake people up to the nuclear issues… Yes many are busy just with regular life but others are just Pro-Nuke as hard as that is to understand. I recently had a simple exchange with a casual acquaintance who upon finding out that I am a anti-nuke activist said they were going to “take me over to the corner” implying that they were going to knock some sense into me, this person is a police officer. I jokingly replied, “Let’s go”. When I said do you want to go to lunch and debate the issue they replied, “You’re not going to convince me!” So there are just some people who think nuclear is progress and that it is just a risk that has to be taken to promote that progress and they refuse to listen to the facts.
    I posted something about the problems with the pro-nuke argument in one of the discussion forums earlier with a link to a typical pro-nuke type one sided propaganda piece:
    http://enenews.com/forum-general-discussion-thread-nuclear-issues-july-2012/comment-page-34#comment-312617


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    • weeman

      And they issue a gun to this person, it goes to show the mentality required to become a policeman.


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    • m a x l i

      Thanks for the video, enoughalready45. What a hero, the banana eater! I would like to prepare him a meal with fresh produce from Fukushima, rice, beef, mushrooms, lettuce, green tee… everything with a hint of Caesium, Strontium, Plutonium and more ingredients from the bottom part of the periodic table in order to see if he enjoys it as much as the banana.

      His facial expressions are totally fake, I think. He probably studied them from other peoples faces and tries to imitate them – not very successfully.


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Pro-Nukes always likes to drastically minimize and more often completely ignore the radiation exposure to workers, especially when they work in emergency situations. I hope more workers speak out.


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    • Maggie123

      enoughalready45 – "I hope more workers speak out" – Agreed! Voices from the inside, from 'ground level', from 'front lines' – I so deeply believe these voices are essential! Anything any of us can do to encourage, protect, assist is of some help.


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  • If you've watched the Fukushima workers walk/run on top of Unit 4 then this photo may speak a thousand words.

    "Initially, authorities tried to use robots to do the job of removing the dangerous debris, but after a few days the high levels of radiation damaged the electronic circuitry of the machines."

    "The job had to be done by human hands, and so a subset of the workers who became known as "biorobots," were deployed to the rooftops…"
    – from article

    Look familiar?

    National Geographic:
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2011/04/110426/chernobyl-25-years-liquidators-pictures/#/chernobyl-25th-anniversary-liquidators-firefighters-roof_35076_600x450.jpg

    If it damages 'electronic circuitry' then exactly what might it do to one's brain?


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  • Anyone actively arguing for the Neo-fascist's fairy tale tools (Nuclear, GM, Vaccines, Space travel, etc..) needs their head re-seeing to as it's probably already been turned from Mobiles, Microwave food, his boss's funny handshake+job 'security' etc..
    Like trying to tell a chimp that there's free bananas and poon if he'd only give up the zoo and regular feeding…


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    • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

      Posted in another thread, but it fits here too.

      Slightly greater than 1 in 100 people are psychopaths. They do not have the ability to feel the same emotions that most of us feel.

      They do not share the same morals, they make their decisions based upon their own well being and their own egotistical view of the world.

      They are charming, yet they are callous. They believe they know everything, yet they feel nothing. They think they can control any risk, so they will take extraordinary chances that lead to extraordinary disasters.

      They lead corporations, they lead governments, they exert monumental control on the destiny of the planet.

      "A fish stinks from the head."

      I am Fishead,
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnTBd0iO69Y


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    If it wasnt in vain..it would be different..
    What are the workers actualy doing.
    They are removing materials..and prepping the reactors to be covered over.
    In the meantime..the reactors are slowly..disintegrating..
    ..the geological disturbances caused by the corium and earthquakes..destabilizing the shoreline area…neighboring faults being agitated…ensure failure.

    The workers can not fix this.
    But if was fixable..I would be all about..being 'kamikaze'.
    I'd encourage brave souls to lose their life for the cause.


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