Fukushima 50 Worker: It was like a death mission — We were ordered to go back into the plant without any explanation (VIDEO)

Published: January 3rd, 2013 at 12:13 am ET


Title: What happened to the Fukushima 50?
Source: BBC
Author: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
Date: Jan 2, 2012

At 2:30 in

Anonymous ‘Fukushima 50’ Worker: We were ordered to go back into the plant. The person who sent us back didn’t give us any explanation. It felt like we were being sent on a death mission.

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Published: January 3rd, 2013 at 12:13 am ET


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19 comments to Fukushima 50 Worker: It was like a death mission — We were ordered to go back into the plant without any explanation (VIDEO)

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    It may feel like you are going to die by going back into a melted down nuclear plant, but your body will not be counted in the deaths caused by nuclear power.

    The nuclear and medical industry view is; all radiation is good for you.. just suck it up and absorb it all. Your health will get better and better, as you get higher and higher doses.

  • natano natano

    Anyone who thinks everything is going to be ok has actually departed on a Kami Kazi mission to the future. Not taking precautions now, even minimum boots off in the house style, is wrapping that scarf around their neck. Whoops, fire up the engines, i've been eating cheese curds and blue fin tuna. Hey, where do we get our flak jackets? We're going to need them.

  • kintaman kintaman

    It was "like" a death mission? No, it was a death mission.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Agreed, kintaman. Did they know, I wonder – are they heroes or fools or both?

      At Nuremburg "just following orders" was no excuse. According to the logic of the victors then, these workers should have just said no.

      Why did they go in? On the surface, it was just a job, not military service. On the surface, they could have quit any time, and still could today.

      What keeps workers there today? We hear conflicting stories: the Yakuza force them to do it vs. Tepco has no more workers.

      The truth is elusive.

  • or-well

    Hello nuke plant workers
    who may be here as lurkers!
    What will you do
    if your plant goes berserkers
    due to design quirkers
    or an earthquake
    knocks loose building girders
    and suddenly your boss
    starts shouting swear-worders?
    Will you stay
    or be a deserter,
    will you run away
    or accept your own murder?
    Can't happen to you?
    Check out recent history!
    You know better than that,
    it isn't a mystery.
    Will you fry your own fat,
    hoping to be Hero,
    or say "Kiss my ass!"
    and run like a zero?
    I'm not trying to be mean –
    you know there's a choice,
    it's somewhere in between
    your silence and voice.
    You could be whistleblower
    or keep your mouth shut
    and help PR snowers
    or opt to get out.
    Don't wait too long
    as more will go wrong.
    It could be where you work.
    Then we'll hear your true song.

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Live by the American sword, die by the sword. It's a just dessert.

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    The word American was a mobile browser typo, it should read simply "live by the sword, die by the sword".

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      An old piece, JB, but well worth another read. A sometime Enenews poster was one of the commenters at the site, I think:

      "CaptD • a year ago

      HOW can the Japanese GOVERNMENT allow their yakuza access to nuclear materials when the World threatens other ROGUE groups that seek nuclear materials!"

      Very good rhetorical question on his part, still unanswered. We have since learned that an American "anti terror" team went to the site shortly after the meltdowns, so perhaps they could answer CaptD's question.

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Wow, this is so telling about the mindset and conditions at Fukushima:

    "When asked what were the major differences between the yakuza and TEPCO the same Senator paused for a minute. “The primary difference between TEPCO and the yakuza is they have different corporate logos.” He explained, “They both are essentially criminal organizations that place profits above the safety and welfare of the residents where they operate; they both exploit their workers. On the other hand, the yakuza may care more about what happens where they operate because many of them live there. For Tokyo Electric Power Company, Fukushima is just the equivalent of a parking lot.”"

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nationalization Looms for TEPCO

      “…The same firm also allegedly paid over a million dollars in under the table political donations to Ichiro Ozawa, former “kingpin” of Japan’s ruling party, the Democratic Party of Japan. (Ozawa is currently on trial for violations of the political funds control law.) Mizutani Construction executives have admitted in court that it was standard practice to pay off local yakuza groups and politicians to obtain construction contracts, including those in the nuclear industry.

      “One National Police official responsible for the Fukushima District said Takeuchi and his involvement with TEPCO were well known among law enforcement. ‘I know the name very well. There are credible reasons to believe that he shook down TEPCO in the past and he has certainly been the beneficiary of contracts related to Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant construction. Whether TEPCO was victimized by him or the relationship was more symbiotic, I can’t say.’…”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Highly doubtful any original workers survived, regardless of the nameless ones they interview.

    As for the country being ruined by massive radiation, that is certainly true. And so sad.

    • papacares papacares

      @TBP – this should have been the 1st post – we are being fed so much baloney some are getting to like it

    • Fall out man!

      Great point, TBP. The anonymous alleged Fuku 50 worker even talks about going out with his friends. Happy healthy guy apparently. Surely that must be slick PR. They likely are all dead, if any are alive, they'll be very sick.

      One other thought having listened to the mp3 clip this article links too. It mentioned that one land lord had refused to take on Tepco staff as tennants. If people actually refused to work for Tepco and refused to deal with Tepco employees, and did the same for all nuke companies they could genuinely make it harder for the plants to continue. Well done to that landlord for taking a stand. Most people will just take the cash, he took a stand on principle. If everyone did that and simply refused to deal with nuke plants and those associated with them, they would have to shut down.

  • Bananastan Bananastan

    Does TEPCO plan to keep Units 5 and 6 at Daichi operating?

    "Tokyo Electric Power Co. has decided to decommission its No. 1 to No. 4 reactors at its Fukushima No. 1 plant, and has allocated about 900 billion yen for the work."

    Notice there's no mention of decommissioning Units 5 and 6.


    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Nor will you see any mention of the planned #7 and #8 PWR. Who's going to object? Nobody lives next to Fukushima anymore.

  • fishwharf

    This explains a lot. Thanks ENE.