NHK: One person stops working at Fukushima plant each day — A serious problem, conditions deteriorating (VIDEO)

Published: November 27th, 2012 at 4:20 pm ET


Title: Today’s Close-up — WANTED: Workers for Fukushima Decommission
Source: NHK
Date: Nov 15, 2012

Narrator: Decommissioning the reactors is estimated to take 40 years.

But the plant’s operator is facing a serious problem securing enough workers for this.

Some can no longer continue to work due to prolonged exposure to radiation.

While others are leaving because of deteriorating working conditions.

Former Fukushima plant worker: These days one worker or another leaves the plant each day.

Watch the 30-minute broadcast here

Published: November 27th, 2012 at 4:20 pm ET


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34 comments to NHK: One person stops working at Fukushima plant each day — A serious problem, conditions deteriorating (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    In the grand scheme of things…at a plant that had 6,000 employees on the premises the day of the Great Earthquake… losing one worker a day now seems pretty self-serving to even mention….they probably had that much daily loss pre-311.

    When Japan gets desperate for a solution they will need worker numbers like this:

    "At the peak of the [Chernobyl] cleanup, an estimated 600,000 workers were involved in tasks such as building waste repositories, water filtration systems, and the "sarcophagus" that entombs the rubble of Chernobyl reactor number four. They also built settlements and towns for plant workers and evacuees.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says some 350,000 of the liquidators in the initial plant cleanup received average total body radiation doses of 100 millisieverts. That’s a dose equal to about 1,000 chest x-rays and about five times the maximum dose permitted for workers in nuclear facilities.

    The Soviets did not have adequate protective uniforms, so those enlisted to enter highly radioactive areas cobbled together their own shields. Some workers, like the ones shown here, attached aprons made of lead sheets just 2 to 4 millimeters thick over their cotton work clothing."

  • Shammalammadingdong

    The only people able to stop it because of their oppressive and controlling political system.

    It must be done. Figure exposure times and start drafting civilians.

    Part 1 of 11

    • dosdos dosdos

      Start drafting government officials and TEPCO executives and shareholders first.

      • richard richard

        i'm with dosdos. no civilian is to be drafted until each and every tepco exec and japanese guberment nuke supporting offical has given their life to stopping this disaster.

        also, place at the head of the queue the doctors that blindly follow guberment policy. Then include any international nuke support or protagonist. The lot of them. Round them all up and let them suffer and try to stop the three meltdowns.

        next is the blind media. send in the ruperts and all the main players who have conspired to keep this drama silent from the world.

        make sure we inlcude the owners of mines and anyone who exports uranium from their nation.

        when every single pro-nuker in the world is dead, then i'll consider dying to save the flora and fauna of my mother earth.

        but all the mongrels who brought us to this day.. they must pay first and foremost for the abomination they forced onto the world.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    "…The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says some 350,000 of the liquidators in the initial plant cleanup received average total body radiation doses of 100 milliseiverts…"

    'Averages' of useless measures are such a wonderful way to hide the truth. I want to see what they used to measure neutrons baking the workers on the roof. I want to see what kind of dosimiters the 350,000 workers were never issued and how IAEA coughed up the 100 mSv estimate. The 350,000 figure includes *anyone* involved with any aspect of decontamination operations. Average in enough off-site workers to who you count as liquidators and you can cut that number in half again.

    Japan is doing exactly what the Soviet Union did: don't record who the workers are or what they did. Estimate a lot. Mix in enough low-dose controls to skew anything that is recorded. Dead workers on-site died from pre-existing heart problems. Dying workers transported off-site are no longer workers. And never track the people for health reasons once they're done cleaning up your nuclear disaster.

    One thing Japan is not doing: Give workers a special 'liquidator' medal. That worked in the USSR – those army guys just love medals. The homeless and mentally challenged supplied by the Yakuza are not big medal fans. I suppose you could give them the dosimiter lead shield stamped with the TEPCO logo as a little souviner.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      very well said, and SPOT ON!!!!!

      All radiation records were destroyed after Chernobyl, and no workers got a copy.

      WHO KNOWS what they were exposed to? NO ONE!!!

      except the people that did the shredding and burning of the records.

      Guess who that was?

  • Well second Pacific eclipse of the month tomorrow – Papua glowing on Infra Red already.

  • jackassrig

    Four people live in a subdivision. Three have a yearly income of 10,000 / yr. One has a income of 1,000,000 / yr. The averge is 250,000 / yr. Not very useful.

  • Shammalammadingdong

    I don't see them doing anything over there other than cover it with a tarp and spray sea water on it.

  • Shammalammadingdong

    They seemed to take care of it rather effectively (for 30 years, which is coming up quickly BTW). The Japanese don't seem to be doing anything constructive. They're just killing people and whistling past the graveyard.

    Russians were digging underneath it….sending teams inside it…whatever it took to get the job done (for 30 years).

    What are these jackholes doing?

    Pumping water through it and into the Pacific.

    I expected a bit more from a nation of "Honor" like Japan.

    • richard richard

      good to hear from you Shammala, thanks for the points about the Russians v the Japanese.

      The words honor and japan just can't be used in the same sentence. The japanese have demonstrated they have no honor, it was just a fascade. They are little more then sheeple, thru and thru. No free thinking, no gusto, no mojo.

      Japan is over. The Japanese people are over, they all soon will be homeless, penniless, countryless. Japan just simply will no longer exist except within folklore and a scattering throughout the world.

      The legacy of nukes – the lose of an entire nation and it's ancient culture. The lose of all the flora and fauna of a once idylic Pacific Island nation. No price can be placed on the lose. It's just gone. Beyond tragic.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima Decommissioning Working Conditions Deteriorating; via A Green Road

  • richard richard

    I'll repeat my guesstimates that busloads of NEW people are required EVERYday to stop the Fuku-D.

    Until we see such a response, we can conclude that Fuku is a dead duck and we are all headed for the same fate.

    Here's where I first did my sums… (I'd really like for anyone to double check the maths and/or provide an alternate formulation).

    Majia did say she was going to take it under consideration, I am not sure what the conclusion was.

    Also, they talk about 40 years for 'decommisioning'. this is a farce. Chernobyl is not sorted, approaching 30 years later. And that is not THREE reactors. One hundred years is more likely, if that.

    These nukers just keep lying and lying and lying and lying.

    How the fuku-d did we let these morons get into power, seriously? They are first rate idiot tossers, these nukers. The human race needs to decommision the nukers and they likenesses.

    • Mack Mack


      —-> Unfortunately, it looks like Japan's pro-nuke political party could win.

      From Reuters:

      "Despite 2011 disaster, pro-nuclear party could win power in Japan"

      —-> And speaking of Chernobyl's containment dome, this was in today's news:

      "Workers have raised the first section of a colossal arch-shaped structure that eventually will cover the exploded nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power station."

      "The shelter, shaped like a gargantuan Quonset hut, will be 257 meters by 150 meters (843 feet by 492 feet) when completed and at its apex will be higher than the Statue of Liberty."

      "The overall shelter project is budgeted at €1.54 billion ($2 billion) — €1 billion ($1.3 billion) of that for the structure itself."

      "Even when the shelter is in place, the area around the reactor building will remain hazardous."

      • richard richard

        thank Mack .. that news on Chern is certainly an eye opener.

        Good, yes, some progress.. bad, nearly 30 years later.

        And wow, those costs you've outlined, just amazing. This bill could be required for each and every nuke plant as they go pear shape.. I wonder how much the world economy can afford to sustain these monsters?

        The thing that keeps worrying the back of my mind is when the money runs out. Who will try to do anything to these bleeding monsters when there is no money?

        We say there is money today, but in 20-50-100 years, who knows.

        I know I'll be dead before it's all over. I just try to do what I can before that day comes.

        As for the japanese politics, sheesh.. how can the people even consider a nuke party.. sheer insanity in that country.. or ultimate corruption, or both.

        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          It's easy, same thing happened in the USA and every other country, except Germany.

          Both parties in power support nuclear. Vote for either one, and you get MORE nuclear.

          The only political party that does not support nuclear and accepts no corporation donations only gets 1-3% of the vote; Green Party.

          The sickness may be in the mass of voters who blindly follow and look at only shallow truths in 30 second sound bites presented by mass media 'programming'..

          The unexamined life is not worth living…

          • @AGreenRoad
            November 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

            "The unexamined life is not worth living"
            Google search for energy audit of the indian nuclear programme and see that the nuclear waaste problem is insoluble. Year after year the nuclear energy programme consumes more energy than it ever delivers during its entire lifetime. It is downright criminal to go ahead with the programme. Stop all the nukes everywhere and dont generate any more wastes. Use the funds so saved to invest in healthy living of all life now.
            See how precious life is? One greenhorn becomes sick working, get another greenhorn..
            Ladies and gentlemen, its time to

            • @Ramaswami Kumar
              November 28, 2012 at 12:47 am
              Ladies and Gentlemen, its time to enjoy living energy. It allows return. Hence the efficiency is infinity because once you use coal or uranium its gone and you must have new coal or uranium. You cannot use the gone coal and hence the efficiency of using the non existent used coal is zero(no electricity). Thus the relative efficiency of return is infinity!
              That is how produce, use and return works! The laptop uses non returnable things like rare earths and hence the laptop dead is infinite liability. It used mined material, the wastes of the mine are also uranium and thorium-heavy metals whose liability is discussed healthwise in

          • saltyfishlvr

            The deaf, dumb and blind following the asses and elephants, hoping for change that never comes.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    14 reactors in Severe condition. So I would bet that at least 1 worker a day is leaving from all of these Reactors.

    Like Gundersen said…cover them in cement for 100 years…then come back & fix what you can…do Not send in men to their daeths…the fuel will not be cooled enough until then.

    Fukushima Report Introduced by Top Official Hosono: “Other reactors are all in considerably severe condition” — 14 total; Dai-ni, Onagawa, Tokai — “Extreme situations, though not much has been broadcast”

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer: The question is do you spend it [$70-100 billion] now and risk high exposures to people for what gain, or do you entomb these plants with concrete and then come back in a hundred years, that’s a question the Japanese have yet to answer.

      "I just cant justify in my own mind exposing tens of thousands of Japanese workers to high levels of radiation."

      • richard richard

        the answer, in my opinion Maiden, is not to leave it to future generations to deal with.

        That is morally irresponsible and tantamount to declaring war on future generations, along with stealing their birthright.

        You can't negotiate with people who have not been born.. how can you ask them if they mind dealing with the shyte of long dead stupid people?

        I don't care that many people die to stop fuku-d… that contract was written when they chose to use nukes, it's on their head. Send them in NOW. Send them in nearly TWO years ago.

        Send in the bus loads of people now. I've explained earlier the priority order, tepco execs at the front.

        They will probably die, but that's the price for their hubris.

        Leaving it for the future is gutless and morally bankrupt to the extreme, nothing in history has even been done at such an abominable level.

        We leave a legacy of ecocide and futurecide… nice to have been a part of that, hey?

        • richard richard

          burying fuku-d for a century also hides the catastrophe from the general public.

          if the attempts to 'decommission' now cause deaths, the general public may start paying attention and realise the tragedy that is the nuclear industry.

          until the GP face the real, deadly costs of nukes, they will remain indifferent.

          but if they see bodies decaying and burning and shrivelling from radiation then we may finally make some progress to stopping these monsters.

          i have to defend myself here. many will say i want death, that i am happy to send people to their deaths. but please remember, I didn't start this mess. I don't want nukes, or massive deaths of humans or flora and fauna. But the hard true is that a solution needs to be realised. And it needs to happen now (or almost two years ago).

          I'm not out to harm people, I'm asking that we don't expect future generations to deal with this shyte, and that those responsible are first in the queue of 'decommissioning'.

          If it gets buried, our fight to stop nukes will also be buried. It'll be another 100 years or another nuke disaster before we get to try to wake the general public again.

          The harsh reality needs to be faced NOW, and the world needs to see the misery played out in it's full gory detail, that's the way to stop the nuke industry. Why do you think the MSM has a blackout?

  • Only one person per day? Most likely a case of under reporting.

  • What is taking radiation risks really worth?

    What is the US Dollar per hour amount these guys are getting?

    Do the workers, the ones in 'the pit', actually understand the risks to their gonads and other organs?

  • DrSpindrift

    Human life = too cheap to meter.

    Nuclear power is a gigantic Ponzi scheme, with future generations left ever deeper in debt by the naive politicians and corrupt businessmen of today.

    One of the most important observations in the video is that there are simply not enough workers around to decommission all the aging reactors in Japan. Neither is there money to do it.

    Private companies like Tepco walk away or disappear. Governments run out of cash, eventually. Encasing the plants in concrete for 300 years may sound like some sort of solution, but point to a building that has remained intact for that period of time in your country. And after that time has elapsed, what then? Who will know what is inside the ghastly sarcophagi? Who will have kept the plans? Where will be the leaders who will persuade people to tackle the mess? Where will the money come from? Who would want such a job?

    • apostrophes

      Nothing can be decommissioned without a long-term "safe" repository for the fuel. Japan hasn't got one. Neither has USA or Europe.

  • mda2997

    Yeah I wonder in what condition the Fukushima plant will be in after 10 years