Reuters, March 5, 2013: Front-line workers, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, complain about working in the stifling protective gear, the relatively low pay, loneliness – and stress. [...] “I get stomach aches. I am constantly stressed. When I’m back in my room, all I can do is worry about the next day,” added the worker, employed by a small subcontractor. “They should give us a medal.” [...] signs of potential shortages are evident, partly because workers are “burning out” by reaching their radiation limits.
NHK WORLD, March 5, 2013: NHK reporters have visited the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant nearly 2 years after the nuclear accident. They walked near the plant’s No. 1 reactor building for 10 minutes on Tuesday. They were the first news media members to be allowed to enter the area, on condition that their radiation exposure be monitored strictly. [...] Four-centimeter-thick steel plates had been put on the ground to protect staff from radioactive substances.
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Published: March 5th, 2013 at 7:39 pm ET