‘Nuclear Slaves’ at Fukushima: Workers have debts paid off, forced to stay as ‘indentured servants’ — Foreign workers may soon be needed at plant, official reveals

Published: October 28th, 2013 at 11:16 pm ET


Voice of Russia, Oct. 27, 2013: “Nuclear slaves” discovered at Fukushima […] An in-depth journalistic investigation uncovered that thousands of unemployed Japanese were tricked into working underpaid and highly dangerous jobs on the site of Fukushima’s nuclear disaster. […] Yakuza act as enforcers who keep the “nuclear slaves” from complaining or leaving their jobs. […] Reuters reports that “labor brokers” […] resort to “buying” laborers by paying off their debts and then forcing them to work in hazardous conditions until their debt to the “labor broker” is paid off. Such “employment schemes” are commonly referred to as “indentured servitude” and are a form of slavery […] Lake Barrett, a former US nuclear regulator and an advisor to Tepco, told the news agency that existing practices won’t be changed for Fukushima decontamination: “There’s been a century of tradition of big Japanese companies using contractors, and that’s just the way it is in Japan. You’re not going to change that overnight just because you have a new job here, so I think you have to adapt.”

Asahi, Oct. 28, 2013: TEPCO President Naomi Hirose […] explained that it is getting difficult for the utility to secure sufficient manpower at the plant and that it was grappling with tasks the company was not familiar with.

AP, Oct. 28, 2013: Hirose acknowledged that TEPCO is having trouble finding a stable pool of workers at the plant […] TEPCO Vice President Zengo Aizawa said […] that uncertainty remains over the long-term decommissioning process. “We are not sure about our long-term staffing situation during the upcoming process of debris removal, which requires different skills,” Aizawa told a news conference. Asked if the company may have to consider hiring foreign workers, he said TEPCO is open to that idea even though it’s not an immediate option. […] [Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the NRA] called on Hirose to implement sweeping steps to safeguard workers from high doses of radiation and other troubles […]

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Published: October 28th, 2013 at 11:16 pm ET


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41 comments to ‘Nuclear Slaves’ at Fukushima: Workers have debts paid off, forced to stay as ‘indentured servants’ — Foreign workers may soon be needed at plant, official reveals

  • Mack Mack

    "There are three things required of a company that runs nuclear power plants: don't lie, keep your promises and fulfill your social responsibility," says Niigata Prefecture Governor Hirohiko Izumida.


    • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

      I say it should apply to the whole industry and no reactors operate until its met.

      That would be the end of nuclear power.

  • Sickputer

    How late to the party to write this up as a news scoop…we knew this was the common practice since the early months of the nuclear catastrophe.

    Brings to mind the sailors who jumped ship in American harbors on the west coast during the 1850s Gold Rush. Desperate owners and shipmasters who needed to get a full crew for the long and dangerous tea buying voyage to Shanghai would "recruit" sailors by physical ploys. Slipping them a narcotic in the free beers at the bars or just whacking them on the head. Thus the term to be "shanghaied" was born.

    Now we see the modern nuclear mobsters using Yakuza methods of enlisting workers…intimidation, trickery, and deceit.

    These poor workers are being Fukooed. Far more dangerous than an ocean voyage on a wooden ship. Their DNA and their body organs are being destroyed at Fukushima NPP.

    This is a great travesty inflicted on victims who have no say in their future. The nuclear bosses are monsters and cowards. They will not escape the verdict of history.

    • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

      Good point Puter… it would seem 31 months later they have to roll out old narratives as they have run out of content to hold up the mythology of Fukushima.

      Would be nice to know if the EQ, Typhoons and tsunami impacted the NPPs, but its nice to hear the old classics too…

      • We Not They Finally

        About that recent earthquake…. the PRACTICE of the USGS apparently, is to measure earthquakes and then immediately start downgrading them. (Dutchsinse discovered that, but there are others. Alexander Backman handles it well.)

        So it started as a 7.6, and by the time they were done, it was a 6.8. And it was just 10 km deep, which is shallow for an earthquake — meaning that it does MORE damage on the surface.

        It's been going on four days now. Can anyone get NEAR that plant anymore? The damage had to have been massive. But we find out WHEN?

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          I stopped using USGS because of their 'perception management' under-reporting (read how they silenced Jim Berkland after he predicted the Loma Prieta 'world series' quake – a sad story of how our expensive, corrupt agency cabals roll).

          The European EQ system is probably not be under Obama's thumb, and the 'world >5' list gives an easily readable view of the recent big quakes that matter, w/o the usgs slow-running techno-babble subterfuge (like NASA – welfare for geeks):


  • Bones Bones

    NO PLACATING TO YAKUZA PATHETIC GANGSTERS. Send in the Marines to wipe them out if they attack our men and take those into custody that peacefully give up. Time to take this into our own hands as Japanese leadership does nothing except lie to protect Japan Inc. Sorry Japan, that's not how the world works and with you affecting OUR giant Ocean and MY West Coast, you will not be allowed to continue as you do. Send in Marines! I'll go to boot camp damn, if the U.S. was proactive and forceful to end this! Take this over NOW! To hell with "tradition" of crime? WTF kind of comment is that that she made? Sorry, this is a world wide man made nuclear disaster and we expect those same incompetent fools to fix this??? OBAMA LISTEN! TAKE COMMAND! DO IT!

    • Bones Bones

      Obviously, the Japanese people need protection and help from their government of gangsters that is slowly killing them by World Governments taking over. This would help the Japanese immensely and way into the future.

    • We Not They Finally

      Bones, I'm on your side. But there has already been so much U.S. collusion with the Japanese INSTEAD OF forceful action, it is unlikely to happen.

      Instead, the U.S. is apparently about to send iconic first daughter Caroline Kennedy to Tokyo as U.S. Ambassador! I could scream but what good would it do?

    • Lake Barrett was NRC, oversaw the primary violations of regulatory law at TMI2 back in the day, it earned him his creds once out of the revolving door to now function for TEPCO as their coverup 'expert'. There's a whole subculture of these type operatives in the nuclear industry, worldwide.

      So when Barrett shrugs as says we just have to accept that the Japanese nuclear industry is riddled with organized criminal elements, he's not just talking about Japan. He's just slipping that one in due to renewed attention being paid by world press to Japan's Yakuza problems. That country isn't unique in this.

  • Bones Bones

    Just some advice for President Obama; Admit when you are wrong, Obamacare (good intention too much corruption, just fix the problems with our current system or post-pone it until it lacks crony capitalism COME ON lol), admit that spying, while necessary, has over stepped its' bounds, and become assertive with policies that the American people support. Stop lying about Fuku and tell America the grave truth and then start taking command in Japan to take this over and put an end to the criminals running the show. You could be the best President in history if you become assertive, throw your inexperienced "advisors" out, and tell the truth about Fuku and force Japan to change its' ways and accept foreign help now and foreign CONTROL of the situation. The Japanese people need saving from their gangs in government! Address the real issues and address the economy using some Austrian school of thought and we will become the strongest country on Earth again and helping or leading to stop Fuku will forever enshrine you in history as a man who did great things. I honestly think you mean well, but D.C. is so corrupt. You have the people behind you when you are honest, assertive, and care for our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Do the right thing please! You will be shocked how your approval ratings will skyrocket.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Doesn't General Electric have about four hundred thousand employees? Send them over as penance for Mother GE's epic failure to heed the warnings of Dale Bridenbaugh … one GE vice President with a conscience.

    Send silly Jeff Immler over first. He's a big, fat failure.

    Really, the silence of the creator of this madness is deafening.

    The sad fact is that not only was civilian nuke power unnecessary but the entire Manhattan project, turns out, was also ENTIRELY UNNECESSARY. Then the GE and Westinghouse boys saw a nuclear bonanza where Gofman saw "pre-meditated mass murder" and the JPMorgan-backed GE green lighted this death and poison industry, because nuclear power plants offered higher profit margins (six times as profitable) as the regular coal-thermal power plants … and all the while they stalled and killed off the early attempts at a solar energy economy in order to protect their hegemony over the utility industry.

    We are so screwed by our leaders.

    But look! Over there is an al Quaida guy trying to shoot spit balls at us … give me more radio-toxins any day rather than a wet, Muslim spit ball!!!???

    How stupid are we, 'newsers?

    peace …

  • jec jec

    Difficult to tell, but it sounds like the poor victim was denied workmans compensation….read FD and other sites, but not clear as there are SEVERAL workers ill…

  • We Not They Finally

    They are fine with indentured servitude at lethal jobs, because "contractors" set it up? Lake Barrett, whoever he is, needs to be publicly shamed in front of all the lives he's condoned ruining, and their families, and then no one quote him at all ever, unless he wants to get down on his knees and apologize. This isn't acceptable human behavior!

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    "Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the NRA, called on Hirose to implement sweeping steps to safeguard workers from high doses of radiation" as they fumble for more of those dosimeter lead covers. Sweeping changes? I think thats when the rug was unveiled.

    We should be talking about free morphine for these poor guys working next to emissions that may have lethal doses within hours.

  • ftlt

    This is true of most workers in the new globalist neoliberal model world..

    Personal testing, tracking and background for even menial jobs is now common in the USA for new hires in almost all corpo work places…

    We are mostly all slaves to the new world order.. Here to serve our borderless corpo masters…

  • Shaker1

    'Stable' is a rather inappropriate word to use to describe the labor force required, don't you think? How long would one last in that environment?

  • rockyourworld

    shouldnt homeland security go into the plant and secure it to keep us safe?

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      You think Homeland Security could keep you safe from anything by invading a foreign nuclear plant? I mean, seriously? 🙂

  • rockyourworld

    why arent the united nations inspectors at fukushima and not in syria?

  • rockyourworld

    wheres the iaea? wheres anybody?

  • rockyourworld

    by looking the other way the united nations is guilty of war crimes against the japanese people

  • rockyourworld

    or-well, ha!

  • rockyourworld

    japans earthquake system showed 2 6.8 earthquakes and no 7.3 quake on friday. theyre all cooking the books on fuku quakes!

  • rockyourworld

    did i say invade? sorry, i thought their job was to secure the homeland. i forgot that meant keeping an eye on those who want safe tap water and clean air.

  • rockyourworld

    so, whats a job reading americans facebook pages pay? alot more than the tepco workers make!

  • rockyourworld

    must be nice to have a general or congressman in the family

  • We are mostly all slaves to the new world order.. Here to serve our borderless corpo masters.