Journalist: Almost every day a worker would keel over with heat exhaustion and be carried out

Published: February 21st, 2012 at 7:40 pm ET


Title: How the Yakuza went nuclear
Source: Telegraph
Author: Jake Adelstein
Date: 11:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012

For his book, The Yakuza and the Nuclear Industry, [Tomohiko] Suzuki went undercover at Fukushima […]

When Suzuki was working in the plant in August, he had to wear a full-body radiation protective suit and a gas mask that covered his entire face. The hot summer temperatures and the lack of breathability in the suits ensured that almost every day a worker would keel over with heat exhaustion and be carried out; they would invariably return to work the next day. Going to the bathroom was virtually impossible, so workers were simply told to “hold it”. According to Suzuki, the temperature monitors in the plant weren’t even working, and were ignored. Removing the mask during work was against the rules; no matter how thirsty workers became, they could not drink water. After an hour fixing pipes and doing other work, Suzuki says his body felt like it was enveloped in flames. Workers were not checked to see if they were coping, they were expected to report it to their supervisors. However, while Tepco officials on the ground told the workers not to risk injury, it seemed that anyone complaining of the working conditions or fatigue would be fired. […]

Suzuki’s own feeling was that the effects of low-level radiation are still unknown and that, as a drinker and smoker, he’s probably no more likely to get cancer than he was before. […]

Read the report here

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Published: February 21st, 2012 at 7:40 pm ET


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8 comments to Journalist: Almost every day a worker would keel over with heat exhaustion and be carried out


    This was a good article! Leave it to the Telegraph to feature relevant and timely (Fukushima) material. I don't even bother with the BBC anymore. They might as well be in Murdock's back pocket…

  • WindorSolarPlease

    This job would be on the top of the list of:
    The Most hated Job To Have

    I really hope the conditions for the workers are better now.

    Are the big wigs who wanted a Nuclear Plant working along side them?

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Does anyone know if the big wigs who made tons of money off these plants, are somewhere in South America or somewhere safer, or are they working along side these brave people?

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Good question WSP. THEY CAN'T BE THERE.

        • WindorSolarPlease

          Hi Whoopie

          Why can't they be there, would they somehow end up in the cement?

          Any big wig who isn't working along side these people are trying to save themselves, and living the good life off of the blood money of the children and all who will have to deal with this radiation.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        In the article it says quote: many former yakuza working on site themselves.
        I just wonder about the other big wigs.

  • arclight arclight

    "“Almost all nuclear power plants that are built in Japan are built taking the risk that the workers may well be exposed to large amounts of radiation,” says Suzuki. “That they will get sick, they will die early, or they will die on the job."

    from the article…

    say no to nukes!! now!!