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

Published: January 9th, 2013 at 9:31 am ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: CROOKED CLEANUP: Decontamination workers say cutting corners came naturally
Source:  THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
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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