NHK: Concerns rising at Fukushima plant — 16,000 workers have quit, ‘severe working conditions’ blamed (VIDEO)

Published: November 5th, 2012 at 11:38 pm ET


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Title: TEPCO over-reports number of Fukushima workers
Source: NHK
Date: Nov. 5, 2012

“Concerns are rising over whether Tepco has secured enough workers to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant”

[…] NHK found through an interview with TEPCO officials that only 8,000 workers are registered for the job, as of last month.

Earlier, the utility said there would be no manpower shortage as it had secured about 24,000 workers.

But this figure represents the total number of people who have worked at the crippled plant since the accident on March 11 last year.

16,000 workers have already quit the job. Many of them left due to severe working conditions. […]

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Published: November 5th, 2012 at 11:38 pm ET


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24 comments to NHK: Concerns rising at Fukushima plant — 16,000 workers have quit, ‘severe working conditions’ blamed (VIDEO)

  • arclight arclight

    this seens like a good place to put this
    November 6, 2012
    "Nuclear technology will continue to play an integral role in securing energy and promoting socioeconomic development, delegates said Monday as the United Nations General Assembly discussed the 2011 report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and adopted a resolution reaffirming “strong support” for its indispensable role."

    "Japans’ delegate said that one and a half years after the earthquake that had severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, his country was continuing clean-up efforts, including decontamination of stricken areas. He expressed his gratitude for the support and assistance of the international community. He then noted Japan’s contributions to the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, including sharing lessons learned through two reports made to the Agency and the organization of the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety in Fukushima Prefecture, co-sponsored by the Agency, to be held in December. It was important for the international community to implement the Action Plan."


  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Water Contamination; via A Green Road

    List Of Countries/Nations Closing Down ALL Nuclear Power Plants; via A Green Road

    It is TIME to shut them ALL down, permanently.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The nuclear concept has failed because the earth is contaminated.

  • weeman

    Let's be realistic who would want to work there, it takes a special kind of person to be in close proximity to that level of radiation for prolonged time and should be well paid, much as we pay offshore workers etc.
    We can not expect workers to be able to work there for a prolonged period of time, so you must rotate work force frequently, good luck, how I don't know and their is the cultural thing to.
    As far as I am concerned the way they have handled things so far does not meet my expectations and it is high time for the Japanese government to ask for help and relinquish control and declare the area around facility off limit, but that is only my opinion.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Nobody on earth should have to work there ever. Asking anyone to work at any nuclear power plant is criminal and first degree murder.

      • many moons

        + 1,000 Anne

        No nuclear plant workers=no nuclear plant

        • weeman

          So we leave the waste to leach into the environment with no clean up, sorry but no, we must clean this mess the best we can, even at one atom at a time and you better figure out were the work force is coming from and 100,000's will be required.
          Shut down all operating reactors worldwide and construct no more or it will be the end of mankind, sooner or later youl be eliminated.

          • PurpleRain PurpleRain

            I agree that the plant cannot just be abandoned as-is. Something must be done, but without overdosing people – if possible. Maybe they could put some type of nation-wide "draft" into place to make people work that 30-minute shift – or less — if they could just get organized enough. I don't know what the answer is there. But, I fully agree that EVERY nuclear plant MUST be closed and massive efforts must be made all across this globe to clean up the mess!

    • omniversling

      what's the problem weeman? the radiation dose-o-meter badges are covered with lead…smile…

  • Max1 Max1

    30 minutes per day… 30 days of your life…

    • weeman

      Sorry to be so realistic but that is the price you will have to pay to mitigate this colossal mess, a small price to save many more, I know that sound redicilious and heartless but I do not see a option less you want to wait for new technology that may not exist for hundreds of years, take a page from the Russian response, at this time the only option or does anyone have any other ideas we need them now.
      I am total with you no more nuclear facilities of any kind.

  • I did a debunk of the classic nuke lie "Sleeping next to someone gives you a big radioactive dose".

    Nuke promoters claim that sleeping next to someone gives you an annual dose of 7.3 milliSieverts.

    I did some real calculations, and came up with .001167 MilliSieverts which truly is negligible.

    Its a good one, its here

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      7.3 mSv/yr? I think you would get that if you ATE the person next to you over the course of a year. Those Wiki-cannibals used *ingestion* doses.

      P.S. which is as flawed as 'Banana Equivalent Dose'. You have 140g of Potassium and .03g of P-40 all the time no matter how many bananas or humans you eat in a year.

      You always will have 6000 becquerels of P-40 decay in your entire body every second. 89% of those decays will result in a beta emission, 11% will result in a gamma ray. You get zero extra internal radiation from bananas or people.

      Externally? Well, its safe to sleep next to either 100 bananas or your spouse. Your call.

      • I know, their lies just reach levels of absurdity.

        Agreed, the whole "banana dose" is just another deception from the nukers

        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          Maybe it all does come down to zombie-cannibals! lol. Sorry. I just couldn't resist. Sushi-anyone? (I know. that was bad).

  • MarroJJ MarroJJ

    I guess I can see how "severe working conditions" could possibly include radioactivity and death. The CEO and Top Exec's should all be forced to work at the plant during cleanup.

  • MarroJJ MarroJJ

    I see many of you are implying that this can be fixed. It cannot be "fixed" The time to fix this nuclear mess was before this happened. Too late now. The seas are contaminated, it will be raining radioactivity all over the world – so crops will be affected. I only hope that the other reactors will be shut down before another "problem" occurs… maybe we'll have a chance to survive.

    • many moons

      doesn't seem likely…..
      a lot of old plants out there and the hazards are intensifying…the laws of competing factors seem to point to more accidents and less intelligent decision making.

      One day after all the run away reactors have cooled and the planet earth has becomes less radioactive, perhaps aliens will visit the plant and they will discover that we distroyed paradise for little pieces of printed green paper and they will realize we were an inferior species that met a rightful end.

  • hbjon hbjon

    They thought the ad in the paper said "build a beeramid" but when they got there they were told to build a pyramid.