Japan: Fukushima Daiichi No Longer Considered Emergency Work (VIDEO)

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 11:37 pm ET


Medical checkup subsidy halted for nuclear plant workers
Sept 12, 2012

At 1:20 in

The Health Ministry says jobs at the Fukushima plant can no longer be considered emergency work. That means workers should be treated the same as any other nuclear plant.

h/t MsMilkytheclown


Published: September 12th, 2012 at 11:37 pm ET


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23 comments to Japan: Fukushima Daiichi No Longer Considered Emergency Work (VIDEO)

  • tasteslikedaniel

    They should go the full mile and declare that the workers at fukushima are no longer human and therefore not eligible for medical care.

    Theyre not people, they are bio robots, no one cries over robots

  • CBuck CBuck

    I'm finally convinced that there is no hope of saving Japan. Those poor citizens there that are at the mercy of the idiotic government and tepco.

    • Anthony Anthony

      I feel similar and add that it seems the situation itself is so complicated they literally have to make a dysfunctional reality their new normal. I can see why they cant FREAK OUT about the food, the hospitals, the government because they still have to function as JAPAN today and tomorrow. I mean I WOULD be freaking out if I was in Japan personally during this!

      The hope I hold onto still is that this will be a serious situation unfolding but that there will be a surprising majority of survivors in Japan. I want this to turn out that our concerns were not warranted and that this does not become an ELE. That way Japan can lead the from world away from Nuclear Power. That could transform a tragedy into something positive.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    There's no hope of saving the world. The rest of the world is downwind of Japan. And all their meltdowns are an emergency for all of us.

    Or is the Japanese government admitting that every nuclear facility in Japan is in meltdown and an emergency equally?

    • norbu norbu

      I think you hit it right on the head, Anne "The rest of the world is downwind of Japan". Carefully planned in the right spot for a multiple meltdown to effect the whole world.

    • Anthony Anthony

      I think they are dodging paying and caring for their workers decently. Its about dropping the medical subsidy, which may be really about killing the medical paper trail proving anti-nuclear health concerns. I would think if I risked my life working at your melted down reactor plant, I should at least be able to get medical attention as required.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Anthony, I think you are correct in saying whomever is behind the medical care payouts wants to destroy the paper trail. There has been a very concerted effort, since the beginning after 3/11 to destroy the paper trail, and any evidence which would fix responsibility and make certain people accountable. There is really big $$ behind this concerted effort, and it is being orchestrated among several entities spanning the globe, simultaneously.

  • I suspect that there's a splice in this video at 2:42.

    "wtf" – don't blink at 2:59.

  • Sickputer

    This webpage says the subsidies ended last December:


    "The financial support was stopped last December after the government declared that the reactors had been stabilized."

    SP: I am not surprised by anything the nucleocrats say or do.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The workers have one choice. Work and die or leave. The ministry has no idea just how vital pumping nitrogen has been in keeping a chain reaction at bay for the last year. This is an absurd way to treat human life.

  • Maggie123

    This is about as direct a 'cold hit' as can be imagined of decision makers against those caught most immediately in this unspeakable catastrophe.

    I yearn for present workers to abandon their work now – and for none to replace them. I don't know the science well enough but suspect one reason to "carry on" is in the spirit of service, and a second is income needed to support families.

    I also yearn for the exhausted population that has been protesting to rise up again on behalf of worker medical tests and needs.

    I don't expect my 'yearnings' to develop, but will cheer mightily if either does. If ever there were a moment to stand on principle – this seems one. There are situations and moments in which action that demonstrates high principle can, perhaps must, be taken. If they abandon post, the statement they make is that humanity, life, and value of each individual is not negotiable. This is the Tunisian fruit seller's moment – a moment to absolutely refuse to take one more step on behalf of an impossibly corrupt system. (I do not suggest the fruit seller's specific action – only mean to suggest that there comes a time, when firm non-cooperation is called for. Most of my life William Tell has been my guide in this.)

  • harengus_acidophilus

    So it's vital for the nuclear industry to cut down social security.
    "Work and die or leave" and die of hunger.

    Another slave anyone?


  • dosdos dosdos

    There is a growing shortage of cannon fodder in Fukushima.

    Talk about a heartless slap in the face…….

  • razzz razzz

    So, is Japan/TEPCO going back to the old exposure guidelines for worker body radiation limits? They would have to excuse most of the current workforce at Fukushima. Then what? Or no badge wearing or wearing it under a lead vest allows for more exposure, technically.

  • Why is Tepco's position so difficult to understand? Their statement is quite simple and direct: They state there is no emergency. Clearly, this indicates we are in the middle of a dire emergency.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No worker should go near any nuclear plant. It's slow death.

  • Chelsea Chelsea

    Work and die or leave… but remember that if you leave and everyone follows, you might just take the entire planet down and die anyway when everything malfunctions and goes straight to he**.


  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    That's pretty amazing right there.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Really, everyone, time to either reread or rewatch Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Orwell's 1984.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Who no longer considers this emergency work?..TEPCO..?the Japanese government?..the DOD, DOE, NRC?
    No longer emergency works often equals..nothing can be done.
    Nothing to see here..move along.

    Certainly..Mr.Gundersen will take a stand here…or perhaps he is of the opinion..there is no emergency..as well.

  • TheWorldIsFüküd

    LOL no longer Emergency Work?

    Well – that is until the next 7.0+ Earthquake that will likely happen within the next 6 months, and the R4 SFP sprouts a leak, drys out, burns up, and füküs the world again.

    Oh but, that wont happen, and we have plenty of years to remove the debris and spent fuel, and decomission the reactors.

    But we cant really go near R3 cause if we do our skin will boil and hair fall out and heart collapse. Thats not really an Emergency though. Emergency is like when you think you have to fart but accidentally poop. Fukushima is just a silent but deadly you know? No real Emergency here…