Forbes: “This is outrageous” — Homeless people are being sold to companies and put to work on Fukushima radiation – Gov’t-funded shelter supplying gangsters with workers (VIDEOS)

Published: December 31st, 2013 at 9:41 am ET


Reuters, Dec. 31, 2013 (Emphasis Added): Today, the most ambitious radiation clean-up ever attempted is being dogged by both a lack of oversight and a shortage of workers. […] Mitsunori Nishimura, a local Inagawa-kai gangster […] housed workers in cramped dorms on the edge of Sendai and skimmed an estimated $10,000 of public funding intended for their wages each month, police say. […] Nishimura is widely known in Sendai. Seiryu Home, a shelter funded by the city, had sent other homeless men to work for him […] “He seemed like such a nice guy,” said Yota Iozawa, a shelter manager.

Forbes, Dec. 30, 2013:  More than a year after the earthquake, after the crisis at Fukushima went from bad to worse, the Japanese government commandeered the clean-up effort […] the report published this morning by Reuters suggests that the clean-up effort is still broken. […] Reuters revealed that the Yakuza, the notorious criminal syndicates that control Japan’s underworld, are filling a manpower void […] with homeless men they’ve recruited off the streets. […] This is outrageous.

Euronews, Dec. 31, 2013 (Emphasis Added): The men in Sendai Station are potential labourers that can be dispatched for a bounty of around 70 euros a head. Shizuya Nishiyama says he’s scrubbed down radioactive hotspots in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant twice […] “Without any information about potential dangers, many homeless people are just put into dormitories – and the fees for lodging and food automatically deducted […] they’re left with no pay at all,” [Yasuhiro Aoki, Baptist pastor and leader of homeless support group] said. >> Watch the report here

Reuters, Dec. 30, 2013: […] Brokers are selling homeless people like this to companies cleaning up radiation in Fukushima. […] Many workers are reaching their radiation limits, [Yasuhiro Aoki, leader of a homeless support group] says, so there’s a shortage – and the homeless are being used to fill in the gaps […] >> Watch the report here

Published: December 31st, 2013 at 9:41 am ET


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71 comments to Forbes: “This is outrageous” — Homeless people are being sold to companies and put to work on Fukushima radiation – Gov’t-funded shelter supplying gangsters with workers (VIDEOS)

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    There are some key words inside this article and they were not highlighted like they should have been. 🙁
    "taxpayer-funded effort"
    It's also how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the most undesirable jobs in the industrialized world: working on the $35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong.

    World Citizens~duped again!

    • ftlt

      Obe: Slavery is accepted here and everywhere… The same thing would occur here if we had our own FUFU..

      It happens on our farms and in our cities everyday – Why not??

      De facto slavery is accepted and defended by the average American – ask them!!!

      Read and listen to comments about the downtrodden on Yahoo or the editorial sections of your local daily or on the job in the break room – everywhere… It is almost a sport (certainly, a popular avocation) to pound on the downtrodden here and everywhere

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Yes, it would happen here too! Ergo: Shut all these Nuclear Rattle Traps down!

        We already know it will happen here and its just a matter of time… 🙁

      • invisible ELEphant in the room

        Did this practice happen at Chernobyl? If it didn't happen there why do say, "The same thing would occur here if we had our own FUFU"?

        Possibly the most disheartening aspect of all this is that our resistance amounts to a guy hitting a balloon symbolic of TEPCO…

    • Radiation Readings From Inside Fukushima Daichi Plant Finally Revealed In Dec. 2013 – 192 USv/Hr; via @AGreenRoad

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  • safelyiniowa safelyiniowa

    The USA found a solution for disposable cheap laborers. Our government allows millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico and South America come here. They do dangerous jobs for little money and don't complain. Maybe Japan should start importing our illegal immigrants. There are lots of American sub contractors that provide illegals to companies. Those same sub contractors could recruit and provide illegals for Fukushima clean up. They have no morals so don't care what happens to laborers. There are always many more to take their place.

  • safelyiniowa safelyiniowa

    My comments about using American illegal immigrants isn't meant to approve of the practice. But it is the reality we average people are forced to live with.

    • Bones Bones

      You were very clear and it makes absolute sense. It's modern slavery like moving manufacturing to poor people in China or anywhere that are so desperate to live, they have to participate in the system, they will work for pennies, or even just food and a room. Completely taking advantage of misery. I thought you had a great comment. Using misery to make money and use them like human robots.


        agreed Bones. safelyiniowa is correct about the pervasive exploitation of working people, by multinational corporate interests. This is one of the reasons they're so big on globalism. It's all about the destruction of individual nations and culture, while these self-centered elite simply skim the cream off the top of each nation's resources. They secured loans from China (another outpost of the globalist) to pay for the so-called War on Terror; running up debts that run into the trillions-of-dollars. Now they're using natural resources within the United States to pay-off those debts. We and our children and their children are expected to absorb this unfettered corruption. But why worry…the game is about to come on…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Certainly a worldwide growing problem…
    "They have no morals so don't care what happens to laborers"

  • Go Flying

    This outrageous and speaks volumes about the rotten state of society in Japan.

    The solution to this disgusting abuse is not so difficult. OFFER A FAIR WAGE FOR THE JOB taking into account the risks. If not enough people come forward, then OFFER MORE MONEY. Market forces of supply and demand will quickly establish what is the NECCESARY SALARY for any particular job.

    To knowingly employ those people who are the most vulnerable in society and who have effectively been hijacked is despicable.

    Just when you think some Japanese cannot stoop any lower…… They have no shame, no honor, no integrity.

    • Sol Man

      Can't offer more money to the invisible people when it is going to the corruptocrats, and that would be for any country in the fetid world.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      We have 90 bases on their soil and we are the current occupiers! 🙁 These it appears are our morals…

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        This will get much worse in the future and many are dying from cancer all over New York and not just first responders. They found radiation all over the site.


        correct obewanspeaks. From day one, the United State tolerated the existence of the Yakuza; used it to control the Japanese working class. Ahhh…justice and her double-edged sword…

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        We should go to war with the Yakuza. US military vs. Yakuza.

        Can we get a coalition of the willing, or is that just for easy prey?

        If the Yakuza had any sense, they would realize that their influence over the construction industry that built this crappy Fukushima nuclear plant will probably cost them a healthy home. Pressuring silence about health issues upon scientists is like playing Russian Roulette.

  • safelyiniowa safelyiniowa

    Ironically it is this disregard for the well being of fellow Japanese that contributed to the defeat in WW II. Japanese pilots stayed on the front lines until killed. American pilots were sent home to train new pilots on how to fight and survive. American planes had armor and fuel bladders to protect the pilot, Japanese planes did not. They were lighter and faster, but vulnerable.

  • bo bo

    Forbes is strongly pro nuclear, makes me wonder if there is any ulterior motive behind their jumping onto this story instead of keeping silent, as they have done so far.

    • bo bo

      Like Halliburton or Bechtel wants to come in and suck Japan dry to the final drop of blood. Carpetbagging – I lost the article, but Oncewaslost (I think was his name ) had anarticle that pointed to this. I just can't believe Forbes would publish anything about fukushima just out of 'outrage'.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Isn't progress just wonderful for the/one's portfolio!

      • Questionit

        bo, That is something we need to watch for. But they will also make the case that the USA needs to contribute 100's of billions of dollars to the effort. Arnie Gundersen is playing ball with them on this, he is saying 1/2 a trillion dollars needs to be found and the US needs to a main contributor.

        Until they locate the coriums,(they have not honestly tried yet), or their trail as/if they bore into the ground they are just covering up the truth. Without the truth the dollars spent would just be wasted window dressing.

  • tsfw tsfw

    I feel like they're gearing us up for when they tell us they will abandon the site, with a bit of blame Japan thrown in.

    • RememberThis RememberThis

      I think it just may be abandoned now….cranes have been down for 6 days or so.

      • bf9 Fitz

        This is what I've been fearing…haven't seen ANY sign of life since TBS went down a few days after lowering the cranes, what 3 days ago or so? The only bright side would be, I see the potential abandonment as a 'concession of defeat', and Japan now has to allow others to come in and do something. Unless they don't say anything until a potential re-criticality ensues which would sure seem to be their style.

        Maddening is the whole thing. As I've said time and again I'd be the first to go in there if there was an actual, organized massive international effort with proper resources and "liquidators" for free. Just make accommodations for the smoothest possible death (painkillers, adequate medical assistance, maybe some extra privileges etc). Some people can't be bought off and there would be enough initial volunteers I think if everyone knew the gravity of this situation, before they start having to pay-out a wage.

        Back on topic, how extreme is the issue of labor shortages anyway? Is "hiring" the homeless out of cost-necessity or are they out of ALL of their experienced engineers/relevant workforce due to limits, or both?

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          No signs of life?
          Then how are the rods being removed in Unit 4?

          • bf9 Fitz

            As of midnight over there two hours ago, they're now two days late on their weekly update. I've seen no physical evidence of any rod-removal work since Christmas eve.


            I've also heard rumblings around this site about TEPCO being "on holiday" for as long as a week (beginning sometime recently), but haven't been able to find any information anywhere on that. Hope that's just the executives and not the workers…this thing shouldn't be left unattended for even a second.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              The workers do go off on Holiday, the last week in December. They have run minimal crews there for the last week of December, in 2011 and 2012.

          • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

            I believe they're done. Wasn't there a BBC story saying the work on #4 was more or less a distraction showing that they're doing something? What makes me think they're about done are two things: 1. the last fuel assemblies pulled looked like bananas (funny if you think about it), and 2. they stated issues with radiation from #3 had to be addressed before carrying on.

            Tick… tick… tick.

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              There as nothing to be done to begin with..
              This also bringing up the to where all the homeless are being sent..
              There have been reports..that people are being sent north and south of Fukushima.

  • many moons

    It would seem that way, but on the other hand I can't imagine them EVER telling us the truth or admitting to anything.

    • tsfw tsfw

      Could you imagine if they started some sort of global lottery – your number is chosen and off you go. Yea I know that's out there, but how out there is it? Could that be our future generation's reality as they attempt to clean up our evil, catastrophic messes? It will have to be done- I imagine there will be lots of job openings in the field of robotics in the coming years …

  • gmo2ashes

    Homeless people in a hopeless situation – and as Fuku releases its radionuclides for untold decades, a metaphor for Americans as well.

  • many moons

    After there are no more homeless I wonder what group will be targeted.
    The same people who allow this to happen to others may be selected for the next go round.

  • Charles Charles

    They should be emptying the jails of all the lifers first.


      what of the security risks, Charles, in sending 'lifers' into such a dangerous situation. By rights, you're talking about people who doubtless have earned their chains and subsequently have nothing to lose. A few turns of the valve and you've undone any-and-every effort to get things under control. So, keeping with your suggestion, you're only left with the option of sending pot smokers, to their eventual death…

  • tsfw tsfw

    The people who allow it to happen, will be safely tucked away in their bunkers. I hope they all go mad down there.

  • weeman

    This song is appropriate.

    Classic Country – Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford Lyrics

    Some people say a man is made outta mud
    A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
    Muscle and blood and skin and bones
    A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

    You load sixteen tons, what do you get
    Another day older and deeper in debt
    Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
    I owe my soul to the company store

    I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
    I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
    I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
    And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul"

    You load sixteen tons, what do you get
    Another day older and deeper in debt
    Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
    I owe my soul to the company store

    I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain
    Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
    I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion
    Cain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

    You load sixteen tons, what do you get
    Another day older and deeper in debt
    Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
    I owe my soul to the company store

    If you see me comin', better step aside
    A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
    One fist of iron, the other of steel
    If the right one don't a-get you
    Then the left one will

    You load sixteen tons, what do you get
    Another day older and deeper in debt
    Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
    I owe my soul to the…

  • WindorSolarPlease

    They need people to work on this. They will get people anyway they can, just as long they don't have to do it themselves.
    They know it's a death sentence to work there.

    • jec jec

      Those poor homeless victims, bet they get radiated, taken back to homeless locations, and then taken BACK as a different name. Then when they are too sick, they are tossed by the side of the buildings in nearby towns. Anyone know of higher death rates for homeless men suddenly? Suicide I guess..right? Or just dumped as radioactive trash at the Fukushima plant?

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi jec

        Could be, but I think they will try to work them until they drop. If they let them go, it might take too much $$$ and man power to hunt them down again.

        Slave labor, how much evil can people get? Outrageous is too nice of a word for what is/has happened.

  • Daisy207

    Its all theatrics -as long as they can dress people up in tyvek suits and put masks and hard hats on them it looks like they are doing something – and why waste educated, trained people on radiation exposure. There is no solution to this mess – they can't find the cores – radiation is too high in THREE buildings and people can't even enter them to see what is happening. No news has been reported on the SPF at Building four in weeks which tells me that one is in deep doo doo. If an EQ topples it – the fuel will catch fire and the atmosphere will become contaminated for eons – and no food sources will be safe as plants and animals will be absorbing the rain out into the fields as soon as they are planted or animals go out to graze. All dairy will be affected as soon as the cows consume plants with radio-nucleides and tritium as the water sources will be contaminated with heavy water as that cannot be treated out of the system. This is the single biggest industrial accident in the history of the world and no one is reporting on it or warning people in high danger areas (West Coast of the US and Canada) to leave – not that anywhere will be 100% safe in a few years. Maybe Monsanto will come up with another type of seed that won't absorb radiation while its growing? They are probably in discussions with GE at this time to see how to make more money off of the situation. I wonder what GE and Monsanto plan to do if all the phytoplankten in the Pacific are killed.

  • pkjn

    JAPAN RADIATION POISONING AMERICA? New concerns hitting U.S. Pacific coast
    Dec 30, 2013 WorldNetDaily

    “The world is closely watching whether we can dismantle the Fukushima plant, including the issue of contaminated water,” said Prime Minister Abe. “Japanese government is determined to work hard to resolve the issue.”

    This is quite a change from previous statements Prime Minister Abe has made. In a speech Sept. 7 in front of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Prime Minister Abe stated categorically, “Let me assure you the situation (the contaminated groundwater problem) is under control.”

    6 days later, Tokyo Electric disputed Prime Minister Abe’s claim at a meeting in Fukushima.
    “We regard the current situation as not being under control,” said Tokyo Electric.
    Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympic Games following Prime Minister Abe’s speech.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh..Monsanto has plans alright…

    Monsanto's Terrifying New Scheme: Massive Amounts of Data Collection

    Why is the biotech giant paying huge sums for info about farms?
    Dec 30 2013

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yes.. it's always been exploitation of the poor.. and the working class.

    Oh..yes..want to see it..?

    Gulf Spill 2013 Status

    Kendra Arnesen said: (paraphrase)

    "Get your kids..don't stay..don't fight..leave."

    The Gulf is ruined..the people's lives ruined.

    (More to come..methinks)

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Thank You Heart of the Rose, passing this on. I think you are right about more to come with all the things that are done in greed and power without care.

      No one should expect this earth will not bite everyone back, with how they pollute this earth.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No one should get near the plant.

  • w

    You can't believe how close knit the Japanese culture is. The Japanese and the Japanese-Americans that I talked to would agree with you outwardly how terrible the Fukushima accident has been. But when it comes to recognizing the incompetence of TEPCO and the Japanese government in the cleanup effort, their mentality generally say that no one could replace TEPCo(they can lose this face in front of the international audience) and nobody else in the world know how to clean it up either…

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi W

      I have a feeling you are right about the close knit relationship they have. I have noticed even within their immediate family's they live and work together.

      I am sure most are hurting and sickened inside that this has happened to their Country and that this is spreading beyond. I know I feel the same way.

      In this case it should not be about losing face that this happened, this could happen in any Country (and it did) where there are nuclear plants.
      Instead, it should be about Countries sticking/working together with disasters like this.

  • Maybe the rad levels just passed the point of no return? death sentence for anyone going in there?

    How long can the groundwater rise and rad levels keep going through the roof, and not affect the people working there?

    See article at top of page for specifics…

  • name999 name999

    Heart of the Rose, thanks so much for the link to update on the Gulf disaster along with the other links read and appreciated as I moved along these posts today.

    I thought I had read here somewhere that 600,000 Russians worked at Chernobyl, some only working for 3 minutes at a time, and were awarded medals for their service to their country.

    I'm sure that most Japanese people are aghast and feeling powerless at what is happening in their country.

  • name999 name999

    …otherwise there would be no lockdown on reporting there…

  • American Phoenix57

    A little levity in the spirit of the holidays. Hat tip to Gasser.

    Sung to the tune of "Walking in a winter wonderland".

    In the control room, can you hear it?
    There's an alarm, should we clear it?
    Don't be afraid of a thrown turbine blade,
    Working at a nuclear power plant.

    Gone away is our heat sink.
    Should we scram? What do you think?
    We'll recirc the sump
    and start another pump,
    Working at a nuclear power plant.

    In containment we can build a snowman,
    And pretend he's from the NRC.
    He'll say, "Are you in spec?"
    We'll say, "No, man.
    We're high on our condenser delta T."

    Later on, we'll conspire,
    not to talk about the fire
    whats with all the gloom and doom,
    its not that big a plume
    Working at a nuclear power plant.

    Count the rods, shoot some water,
    Hey the fuel, it's getting hotter.
    We're watching reactor multiplication factor,
    Working at a nuclear power plant

    In containment we can dim the lights now,
    Sit around and watch the deep blue glow.
    Not much fun if you're afraid of heights now,
    To run the polar crane and look below.

    Later on, we'll inquire,
    why the flourate is climbing higher,
    There's no need for commotion
    its just carbon steel corrosion,
    Working at a nuclear power plant.
    Working at a nuclear power.
    I love working at a nuclear power plant.

    original video here:

    Happy New Year Everybody!

  • Sol Man

    We can only ponder what the new year may bring with the run-away reactions, justice flew the coop, financial people working on some new wunderkind paper product that makes the invisible people pay to infinity, Principles vanished, du delivered, and the people that sell themselves as leaders are just the ones that figured how to ingratiate themselves to the corrupt system of bribes.

    New Year, indeed!

  • paschn

    "Gov’t-funded shelter supplying gangsters with workers" Yeah, yeah… trace the membership and it'll likely lead you to the U.S. and the "University of Corporate Citizenship". Who designed those reactors? Who helped "decide" to put them in such an obviously stupid location? Where and to whom have all the billions made off of them gone? We already know where the money will come from to (hopefully) end this, the victims themselves.

  • I have a new posting if you'd like to check it out:

    Thanks and have a Happy New Year!

  • pkjn

    Gangsters use grey hiring practices in Fukushima cleaning, Japanese Government remains silent – expert
    31 December 2013 Voice of Russia

    Homeless people are recruited by gangsters, who treat those homeless people as ‘disposable people’. It shields the clients, in this case Japanese Government from actually having any responsibility for those homeless people.

    Japanese Government is keeping mum about it because the whole system depends on it. The health liabilities, if this was admitted and talked about in Japanese Government actually accepted some responsibility, would be huge.

    Japanese Government has already said Fukushima cleaning will take 3 more years but the true cleanup of Fukushima is nearly impossible.

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