Man ‘made to work’ at Fukushima Daiichi while clad in protective gear — “I was finally issued with a radiation dosimeter on my fourth day”

Published: May 9th, 2011 at 1:47 pm ET
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Job seeker says ending up at nuclear plant not mentioned in ad, Kyodo, May 9, 2011:

An Osaka man was made to work at the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture for about two weeks, when he had been expecting to work in neighboring Miyagi Prefecture, said a job placement center in Osaka on Monday. […]

‘‘I was finally issued with a radiation dosimeter on my fourth day of work there,’’ he was quoted as saying.

On March 17, the man accepted the offer of a job—details of which had been posted at the agency—in the Miyagi Prefecture town of Onagawa. Instead, he was immediately sent to the Fukushima Daiichi plant to work for six hours a day clad in protective gear, handling water to cool the Nos. 5 and 6 reactors there, the center said. […]

Published: May 9th, 2011 at 1:47 pm ET
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54 comments to Man ‘made to work’ at Fukushima Daiichi while clad in protective gear — “I was finally issued with a radiation dosimeter on my fourth day”

  • justme

    So what someone has to do the work, their mess, their lives should be sacrificed to clean it up.
    Rather kill a few thousands in the next month and a few tens of thousand in the years to come due to cancer and radioactivity related ilnesses than have the whole planet contaminated.
    Send them in, pay their families, move on.
    Sadly they are too skittish to do it the soviet union way, 400k people working 24/7 on this would have resulted in far less contamination for sure

    • Deetu 3

      The difference is,imho,chernobyl COULD be remediated(somewhat)..no amount of jumpers can get near the smoking ruins R3/R4 I fear…

      • nah

        With the lack of standards for workers there and growing desperation for the entire country, I highly doubt that workers “can’t” get near R3 and R4. Like at Chernobyl, they can do rapid-fire shifts for a few minutes at full blast. And they still need all the expertise they can get from Russia!! I was thinking of contacting TEPCO myself to complain, as a world citizen.
        Last week, I got on the phone with the head of Radiology at my State Health Dept! 😛 We went around a bit, but he admitted the risks & delays due to equipment & the IT dept, he said. Today they released the latest data on surface water, as promised. And I will be calling him again! 🙂

        • Deetu 3

          Ok maybe they can get “near” them for a minute or two.But just getting near them isn’t going to do anything. They need to venture into the twisted pile of smoking wreckage,pull it apart and somehow locate all the fuel rods that are mixed in with the highly radioactive remains of the building/ancillary equipt-as they get near to the business end of the problem they will be subject to almost instant toastification..just my feeling of course..

          • Heart of the Rose

            toastification .. what a great word! 🙂

          • Deetu 3

            lol. 🙂 actually what i mean in essence is that high energy decay particles have no respect for worker standards or lack of,and really couldn’t give a flying f**K about desperation or optimism or anything else.It’s quite something that your “State health dept” has some inside information on the situation in Japan.do you have a link to the “information on “surface water”?

          • nah

            I think they need robots & crane operators for hoisting wreckage. Read accounts of what they did at Chernobyl. It sounded impossible, but they did it and fast because they had to. 🙂

          • Deetu 3

            The story of old King Canute comes to mind here,along with his relative,the emperor who ordered a new set of clothes.

          • nah

            yep, I get the laws of physics, but humans can still move under radiation. They care about human things, not particle physics.

            Nothing insider-just state testing, to some extent. Yeah, I got off my duff and demanded some service from the top! I’m just staying on them!! The last tests were from last month, still waiting on others!…

            Oh, Deetu 3, we really need to sic you on every official out there!! 😉 Let’s go!!

          • nah

            How about the story of cursing the darkness, instead finding a candle!??

          • Deetu 3

            Already got my work cut out with official idiots on here-NEXT.

          • nah

            Hey Deetu 3: Go to Hell! oh, that’s right–you want to! Well, don’t let me stand in your way!!!! You’re such a LAZY a**–never worked a day in your sorry life! You just sit around complaining & bitching. Dishing out abuse to everyone you can like you’re a junior high bully isn’t “work,” it’s a reflection of your low-life, pathetic existence!! By the way, this isn’t your personal blog, you egotistic moron. You are so annoying. Enjoy the west coast–breathe deep!

        • nah

          Many workers in Russia who did only 4 minute or multi-second shifts in beyond maximum radiation are still alive & kicking about 30 years later! I saw that one of them is speaking out and he is infuriated by the slack approach at Fukushima!!

        • Concerned

          Great work nah, thanks for your efforts!

      • Deetu 3

        The main source of rads at chernobyl could be covered with sand/lead/boron from a distance.Jumpers were mainly employed to clear debris from the immediate surroundings.In no way does this compare with the current situation.

      • xdrfox

        Well lets find a few mathematicians and find out how long it will be before the whole world is at deadly amounts as this worldwide !

    • Lucky guy I still cant find mine and I have eaten a hundred boxes of Cracker Jacks.

    • Cuica

      Maybe that should be a stipulation as to whether a country should have nuclear energy.
      They should have a sign up sheet with at least 400K names who are willing to die from radiation poisoning….not to mention the owners and their families should be first on the list. But that isn’t going to happen so lets aim for ending nuclear energy cause we don’t have folks to clean up the when it happens.

  • xdrfox

    They will find few to do the work there with even greatest of pay, this will require a Order from high up, detailing thousands to work there and other plants,
    I for one will not by anything that has the slightest probability of being made in Japan or parts inside from Japan.

    They show NO RESPECT to others in the World !

    • terraohio

      From the start of this crisis all that the mainstream media was reporting on was the heroism of these Japanese workers. Day after day the msm kept echoing their bravery. Then the msm started reporting on how the radioactive fallout would never reach the U.S. even though California was monitoring the fallout and the situation. Now that’s a contradiction!

      In truth one of the plant managers or CEO was in tears, ready to leave the sinking ship that was the Daichi nuclear plant, and never to return. They had given up all hope and I can bet that the workers refused to enter the Daichi nuclear complex.

      It was then reported that Japan did not like the western media’s apocalyptic reporting of their nuclear crisis and since that time we have only heard in the msm an upbeat account or two of the situation or nothing at all.

  • Novamind

    Japanese Day Labor-Job dispatch rerouted. No surprise here, no dosimeter for first three days not surprised here[no records of him ever working there probably] Going back for more-a four day total just plain stupid. All for the daily rate paid of $132.00 in US Dollars.[daily rate paid from another prior article]

  • Yeah,…and like us all, he probably goes straight home and spends his $132.00 on about $10 worth of junk that now costs $132.00! Living to die. I’m no better here in Cali. already enduring a slow death. I guess I should move,….but like so many, I have no independent income-I’m on their dole-Social security.
    I wonder how Australia feels about penniless refugees?

    • xdrfox

      You need a Hug today, so HUG !
      I’ll paint my aluminum foil hat blue, if you paint yours pink !

      ; ) wink !

  • tony wilson

    tepco have been killimg people for years..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fravQ528jSI

  • youngwoman

    Do not blame Japanese PEOPLE for Japanese Government evil! Or, Americans, do you want to be equated with the kinds of crap our governments and corporations are pulling on us here? Do their actions reflect YOUR character?

    An innocent man will probably die very soon, and certainly will not experience his full life expectancy, and I actually hear someone from my side saying “good, it’s THEIR mess, let THEM clean it.”

    Are you thinking?! An innocent man! He had nothing to do with with this, any more than you did, or your mom or your niece!

    I agree that WE should blame THEM and force THEM to clean up THEIR mess, but:

    WE: Regular people, of any color. Of every color! We don’t choose which country and which skin tone we get born into. We have a lot in common with each other. Innocent, flawed but overall good hearted people, who would never intentionally murder a fellow human, and who were intentionally disinformed by THEM to believe that nuclear power is not really that dangerous, and some of us still believe it – mostly those of us too busy to look around and realize the danger. Even these happily oblivious regular folks are still our people. Our family. Stand together.

    But not ALL humans are our family. There is also THEM, the murderers.

    THEM: Top Brass in Corporations, Military and Government.

    That man who is, for all intents and purposes, murdered (he is now the walking dead), is my brother and yours. My heart breaks for him. Think hard next time before you cheer at the murder of an innocent man.

    Be clear on who the enemy is. You can tell them by their actions, not their exterior. And always stand by your worldwide family. United, maybe we can stand.

    With an enemy like we have, divided we WILL fall.

    • tony wilson

      the children are the victims…
      japanese adults are spineless believers in th bossman at work in tepco and government.
      the general spineless adult populations unquestioning comatosed attitude.
      this sick inward looking social structure,it’s obsessive secrecy..the false and sick idea that we can do this alone we do not need outside help.
      the rotten corruption of government ministers in financial cahoots with the nuclear industry.
      the warped fucked mindset that technology can win over nature…building some of the biggest nuclear reactors smack bang on earthquake fault lines.
      this country was the worst place in the world to have a nuclear meltdown…
      the russians did not waste time trying to save nuclear material…all of this shit is to save 150 billion dollars worth of plutonium and uranium…burying the buildings means losing product..

      • xdrfox

        And the unborn say, We didn’t get to have the experiences you did !
        The living will have to settle for Half-Life if that !

    • Deetu 3

      @Youngwoman-thank you for that..the truth,so well put.

    • We have 360 MILLION innocent people living here. We are all fucked right now and to blame the Japanese HELL YES its your fault you built it you KNEW and YOU KEPT BUILDING IT on the one FUCKING THING YOU understand MONEY.
      You didnt give a shit about the world tell now FUCK you!!!! All you thought it was great we have CHEAP power we are FUCKING SUPREME!!!! Now you have SCREWED the whole world for EVER FOR EVER God damn it. Get that through your head. We didn’t do it we didn’t benefit a few years of stability from it FUCK JAPAN get the fuck out you will die.Don’t even try to lay a guilt trip on AMERICANS for your FUCKING personnel gain ATTEMPT

      • xdrfox

        40 years of spent rods on site !
        I just can’t wrap my head around how they thought that was a good idea !

        • tony wilson

          they treated humanity destroying spent fuel rods storage like the site was a self storage unit..
          i have a storage unit it is small and full of crap,stuff spilling everywhere.
          box’s crashing on the floor sometimes.
          they crammed and crammed that lethal stuff in those pools,like putting a hand grenade on top of a wood burning stove.
          hoarding the plutonium knowing it had massive resale value.
          the reprocessing facility they have is a disaster. and again i am sure pride and loss of face would not allow them to let the french or the british reprocess it.

          • xdrfox

            Why do most folk not put 700 gallons of gas above a wood burning stove !

            : |

          • xdrfox

            Japan had built a plant for them to reprocess but were waiting on laws to be passed in their gov. to allow them to make MOX fuel as well as others !

          • xdrfox

            Japan’s nuclear facilities face quake risk
            By HIROYUKI KOSHOJI
            UPI CorrespondentPublished: June 12, 2008
            Tokyo, Japan — A controversial spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the northern region of Aomori prefecture in Japan may be built directly above an active fault at least 10 miles in length, according to some geologists. This warning comes ahead of the expected opening of the plant this coming autumn.
            The plant, operating under the terms of Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle policy has faced a number of obstacles such as technical problems as well as an environmental safety risks which…
            http://www.upiasia.com/Security/2008/06/12/japans_nuclear_facilities_face_quake_risk/3945/

          • xdrfox

            The massive Rokkasho plant, which consists of a spent fuel reprocessing facility, a uranium-enrichment factory, a low-level radioactive waste disposal center and a high-level radioactive waste management facility, has come under international spotlight, as it is the first such commercial plant in a nonnuclear-weapon state. Resource-poor Japan has decided to reprocess by extracting plutonium, which can be used to produce nuclear weapons and uranium from spent nuclear fuel.
            According to Watanabe, who…

            http://www.upiasia.com/Security/2008/06/12/japans_nuclear_facilities_face_quake_risk/3945/

          • xdrfox

            Decision-makers for every light water reactor built in the world
            to date had the full expectation that spent fuel would be reprocessed,
            the remaining energy values would be recycled for production
            of energy, and the weapons-usable plutonium would be
            destroyed in producing pollution-free electricity.
            Reprocessing, integrated with mixed uranium-plutonium fuel
            fabrication in a well-designed, well-managed fuel recycle complex,
            would assure that weapons-usable materials would remain
            inaccessible until they were transmuted to non-weapons
            usable materials. Reprocessing and recycle are thus essential
            components of good nonproliferation practice.
            I would like to explain how…
            http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/Articles%202008/Summer_2008/Reprocessing.pdf

          • xdrfox

            “in producing pollution-free electricity.”

            R I G H T !

          • xdrfox

            Hiccups causing major delays at nuclear plant
            ROKKASHO, JAPAN A clogged nozzle, a few dislodged bricks and a bent furnace-churning stick might appear minor concerns for a plant being put through its final commissioning test here.
            But these technical failures, responsible for yet another delay in two- decade-old efforts to launch the plant, are far from last-minute wrinkles.
            Not only have they proved frustratingly difficult to iron out, the problems at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, conceived as a major link in Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling program, could shake the program to its foundations.
            Plant operator Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL) announced it would postpone the…
            http://www.electricityforum.com/news/mar09/DelayscontinueatJapanesenuclearplant.html

        • Anthony

          A glaring metaphor

    • I got a question Where in the hell did you plan on storing all the FUCKING fuel you used????? Did you think about that for one Fucking minute???? DAMN I am now in the PISSED OFF mode. Now my friggn life is shit. And the only thing I can do is blog a friggn website FUCK ME. I will go out and hunt soon. The only thing that rest my mind. Unlivable you should ask for empathy after killing MILLIONS. Nice you just out did THE FUCKING CATHOLIC CHURCH. You have just made a ISLAMIC ASSHOLES LIFE mean more. He will not have to strap on a EXPLODING LEAD VEST just a LEAD VEST

  • 67Mopar

    Oh, so now Japan forces people to work? This is complete BS!

  • WindorSolarPlease

    The ones to go in should be the top brass who put these plants up in the world.

    You want them, you fix it!

  • I have to believe that the Japanese people fear ‘jumping up and down SCREAMING’, at what their Country is doing to the World! If they are being ‘quiet’, of their own TWISTED cultural CRAPOLA, accord,…well then, hell Yes,…I’m now very anti-Japanese people! Sorry God,….you’ll have to deal with me on this one–I am ONE PISSED OFF Caucation! Now, if they fear being hauled away, or shot,…which could bloody well be the deal-e-o,…then I’ll have to re-think this.

    • And we dont have a right to LIVE now that is their decision. So GOD if you read this please excuse the BULLSHIT when I pin a 7.62 grains of JUSTICE in the PRIME MINISTERS HEAD. FUCK ALL OF THE NWO

      • xdrfox

        I am the Most Powerful Wizard G.E. Do not question what we do, you just give us you money and make us rich beyond imagination, no free energy for you !

      • charlie

        please don’t make threats of violence – it doesn not help you and it does not serve this board either.

  • Ian

    They are lying to foreigners as well about the job they will be doing. The Japanese have to bite the bullet and solve this mess themselves. The rest of the world is not Japan’s lackey that will do the dirty work.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM3S2KCVVzU&feature=channel_video_title

    • Cuica

      The globalized culture demands absurdity. Every country trying to be an economic power. Pushing aside comom sense for the almighty pole postion. WAS being in third place what was more important for Japan than shutting down a reator on a fault line?….Yep. So now the absurdity is playing out. This destructive dog show, who is on top attitude got us all in this place. We are painted into a corner and we will all be wearing united colors of radiation. Was the ranking worth it…to say wow I’m from a country that was number 1, number 2 number 3…ABSURD

    • Anthony

      But…. if they experience another say tsunami or other mega disaster (like a nuclear blowout etc) then we ARE going to have to take over if they are wiped out some way. I imagine in a couple of months of radiation poisoning there may not be any/many locals to hold the hoses anymore….

  • Anthony

    Japan was the worst kind of neighbor when they dumped the poison waters into OUR ocean. There was no semblance of an apology to our continent in doing so. I tend to believe they have been GLAD and felt LUCKY the radiation was blowing out to sea. I am praying that when the wind pattern changes, that it will bring sweet relief somehow for us. Despite what the media is reporting, I have felt effects of the poisoning for weeks now. I feel bad for Japan but don’t perceive they can even consider us located outside their local zone of misery. Which is a bad place for us ultimately.

    • charlie

      the more conservative japanese are notoriously xenophobic, so i doubt that they are tooo worried about what they are doing to the rest of the world’s population.
      I’m surprised that they are so cavilier about pissing in their OWN swimming pool.

  • Makhmud Shomuradov

    i am working at the company of road board thats why i want work in fukushima.