Fukushima ‘decontamination’ workers threatened — We were punished if we tried to resist

Published: January 9th, 2013 at 9:31 am ET


(Subscription Only) Title: CROOKED CLEANUP: Decontamination workers say cutting corners came naturally
Author: Compiled from reports by Tamiyuki Kihara and Toshio Tada
Date: January 09, 2013

[… Workers] cited a lack of training, unreasonable deadlines, threats of isolation, and persistent feelings that their efforts were pointless. […]

Asahi Shimbun reporters and the company have received more than 100 e-mails and phone calls from people involved in the decontamination project in Fukushima Prefecture. […]

50-year-old worker involved in decontaminating Tamura between Nov. 5 and Dec. 28 who was born in Fukushima Prefecture and graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo

  • “We were pressed to finish the work as quickly as possible”
  • “If we tried to resist, we would become isolated from other workers, although it did not reach the extent of losing the job”
  • “With sub-zero temperatures in the mountains, being placed in such circumstances would have led to feelings of loneliness among many people”
  • “Radiation levels returned even after we completed the work, so there was a sense that what we were doing was worthless”
  • “There will be no end to the shoddy work even if oversight is strengthened”
Published: January 9th, 2013 at 9:31 am ET


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5 comments to Fukushima ‘decontamination’ workers threatened — We were punished if we tried to resist

  • patb2009

    they should abandon decontamination activities, focus on reactor shutdown and
    then if they need to spend public dollars start building housing in the south and west and work on replacing all that contaminated land

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  • "…persistent feelings that their efforts were pointless."

    I get that same 'feeling' myself.

    Efforts to 'cleanup' are an exercise in futility as long as the Fukushima Nuclear Facility continues to contaminate.

    Since 311:
    670 Days
    1.83 Years

    Days/Years until the radioactive contamination stops spewing?
    = UNKNOWN!

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Greetings Enewsers … what do you think causes these people (not just the Nukers) to clearly be destroying themselves and all life on this planet ? … from historical perspective humans have killed each other for sport from the beginning of time … maybe they just want to end the insanity … maybe it is a more noble thing to just self destruct … does it piss you off when you hear people talk about going to other planets ? to do what ? start this insanity all over again somewhere else ? … time is short for us on this planet for sure …$$POD$$

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    I think there is far too many people that believe our species is not capable of change … they believe our species is genetically flawed and recognize the insanity in themselves … how do we purge this condition of greed and lust for power … I think I can hear the devil laughing right now … $$POD$$