Jiji: “Severe labor shortages” for Fukushima decontamination — “Fears over radiation exposure”

Published: January 29th, 2013 at 11:30 am ET


Title: Fukushima Faces Labor Shortages for Decontamination Work
Source: Jiji Press
Date: Jan. 28, 2013
h/t Enformable

The northeastern Japan prefecture of Fukushima faces severe labor shortages for decontamination work following the 2011 nuclear accident.

This is because of fears over radiation exposure and low pay. According to the labor ministry’s Fukushima Labor Bureau, only about 10 pct of some 1,800 jobs offered for decontamination work in the prefecture get filled.

“The decontamination work cannot last,” an official of a local contractor says. […]

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Published: January 29th, 2013 at 11:30 am ET


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10 comments to Jiji: “Severe labor shortages” for Fukushima decontamination — “Fears over radiation exposure”

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Frankly with the lack of protection and low pay I can't blame anyone for not wanting to do this. If it wasn't for the Yakuza I'm sure they would have no body doing this at all.

    The contamination clean-up SHOULD be being performed by professional HAZMAT crews and the bill being footed by TEPCO.

    • Jay

      The labor shortage can be fixed with military draft specially since China obliges to participate in the Islands Soap Opera , but will the Gov has the guts to stick it in people's face ?

      Time to wonder why the bottom of the Reataining vessel melts at temperatures lower than a melted nuclear core … we already have Space Shuttle ceramic Tiles that wistand 1,200 C … oh , they believed a melt down will never occur .


      But if the Corium melts why not have a large hole unerneath in the ground ( prepared ahead by the visionary engineers and part of every nuclear reactor ) maybe one kilometer deep : let the melt drop there and cover it .

      Related to my suggestions :



        maybe you've noticed Jay, few governments care what the people think, say or want. That somewhat changes when it comes to screwing the people who act to enforce a government's policies. Recall when the Soviets sent in troops with buckets and shovels, to attempt to get the Chernobyl's under some semblance of control. Thousands of these brave men and woman are now gone. I seriously doubt any government body could force their military forces to go through that nightmare, again. And while some might be quick to suggest the use of criminals, at what point wouldn't that policy come back to bite any of us in the ass. Imagine being shipped to Fukushima because you forgot to pay a parking violation or you were deemed a political 'criminal'. Don't laugh. They'd do it in a heart beat…

        • Jay

          Right on Aftershock !
          So we need to address the equation :

          media + control = same government principles in office ( from pesticides and nuclear power to wars , fiat money printed in the banskster;s bassement , and Agent Orange in Viet Nam )

          Sorry to upset you Aftershock but I have no choice but to address the scientists ( see link to their Oath ) because if they Refuse we should be safe(r) …

          Look at the choice of 'elite' on what's more Valuable and hard to replace : five assassinated Iranian scientists , zero assassinated Iranian Clerics/Ahmadinejad …

          If intelligence would come automatically with a great deal of Empathy and Responsability we would live in Paradise ! Cheers , Aftershock !


            not upset Jay. Though scientists can influence decisions, they're not the ones who make them. If this were the case, we'd be living in an entirely different world. And while I'm not defending all scientist, I am suggesting that were they made free of academic, political and economic constraints, we'd be hearing the truth on many fronts.

            BTW. I like how you highlighted the difference in targeting scientist versus religious ideologues. I'd be curious as to the public's reaction when targeting religious figures for assassination. Had MLK survived the assassin's bullet, would he be so revered today, or would he have gone the ignominious route of so many others from his day? Of course, such question does not detract from your excellent point.

            Without intelligence, we'd be hard-pressed to define what is of spiritual value. So while we may not see it ourselves, the balance is always being met…

            Have fun Jay…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Another of many insurmountable problems that come with a meltdown. The list is long, and none of it would happen with solar and wind technologies.

  • weeman

    Does it really matter, what's the use if the land just gets recontaminated, why expose people to radiation for no gain, you must stop the release of radiation first, don't ask me how but your time and money would be better spent and stop trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the people by pretending you can control radiation levels in surrounding area, you can't.
    you need to relocate, ps don't run to the hills but run for your lives or if not your life future generations.

  • patb2009

    no point decontaminating anything within 80 KM, just send crews in to pull apart the stored fuel pools, put them in dry casks, now, and set up boron pumping into the corium pits under the reactors.

    maybe send a bunch of old people to clean the immediate site of hot radioactive debris.

  • I Dont Know

    >> Chernobyl Cleanup Workers Had Significantly Increased Risk of Leukemia <<

    — Even "Low doses of radiation are important," said the lead researcher Lydia Zablotska, MD, PhD, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF. "We want to raise awareness of that." "

    — chronic lymphocytic leukemia is linked to radiation exposure


  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    12 reasons why all nuclear power plants must be shut down; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/12-reasons-why-all-nuclear-power-plants.html

    Decontamination: Losing the Sheltering Trees; via A Green Road