Worker confirms Tepco taking weekends off at Fukushima Daiichi

Published: August 2nd, 2012 at 1:53 pm ET


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(Subscription Only) Title: Fukushima heroes featured in Kyoto exhibition
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: August 02, 2012

An exhibition of portraits of 27 workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is trying to put faces to the low-paid workforce employed to contain the nuclear disaster.


[Photographer Kazuma Obara] also conducted interviews with the men, uncovering resentment at their treatment by the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., but sometimes also deep commitment to their work.

Obara said one 43-year-old worker told him: “Only people at Tokyo Electric and its main contractors are protected against health hazards. Marginal workers could be told to work even on weekends. I go to work every day, telling myself, ‘This is not for TEPCO.’ ”

A 39-year-old worker said: “I’ve been doing this job because I want to do something for my hometown.”


The images on display at the Little House gallery in Kyoto through Aug. 12

Published: August 2nd, 2012 at 1:53 pm ET


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18 comments to Worker confirms Tepco taking weekends off at Fukushima Daiichi

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Hats off to the brave workers. I hope everyone involved in nuclear industries around the world are reevaluating things, and listening to your conscience.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    This photographer also has a YouTube channel. One item there may be of interest – a look at the huge collection of filled contaminated water containers at Fukushima.

    We've heard next to nothing about water storage issues for months (I think) and several people here have speculated that it's all going shamelessly into the ocean these days. That would be my guess also.

    • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

      It was only a few months into all this that TEPCO admitted it was "storing" rods in the ocean. Likely the water is being stored there too.

      • koshkasobakina

        To Flapdoodle – I missed that story about "storing" rods. Do you have a link or something by any chance? And nice Tardis, BTW 🙂

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        I'd really be interested in reading that article about the fuel rods, too, Flapdoodle. Did that really happen or was it just one more hair-brained idea they had?

        • JustmeAlso

          I could not find an article about dumping fuel rods into the ocean, maybe after digging deeper.
          For now I found three vids with the header:
          ''Is Tepco Dumping Fuel Rods in the Ocean''.

          Under the vid there is an explanation:
          ''What is going on? My gut feeling tells me that Tepco is dumping spent fuel rods in the ocean.''

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      OMG, the water storage tanks! I forgot all about those, aigeezer. Weren't they nearly full several months ago? I think they were beginning to release some volume of water that had been decontaminated, but which would have still contained low levels of radiation. Which, of course, is NOT a low level problem, but, a rather huge one. AND, those releases just might be happening in that circulating ocean current that keeps most of the water going in a circle up and down the eastern coast of Japan.

  • weeman

    Never has so many owed so much to so few, what do you need, maybe people here could help them,
    It's the least we can do, let's help them.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Hello ALL; I'm glad to see a lot of familiar faces(screen names)still here on ENE news fighting the Good Fight to keep the nuclear morons in the spotlight where they belong,albeit not nearly enough! I haven't been able to participate nearly as much or in the ways I'd like to be actively engaged in the issues because I'm the sole caregiver for my IBC Stage 3B(breast cancer)stricken wife since her diagnosis & confirmation & treatment which began Feb.20,2012. Now getting back to the matter at hand & topic of discussion-"I too have had "bad feelings" about decisions made to fling the crap from the reactors and/or more threatening of the SFP's into the ocean?!! But I have to wonder if "storing" the fuel rod assemblies either carefully removed,or hastily flung into the sea by those in close proximity who may have done so while panic-stricken(??!!),etc. as an alternative to letting the crap melt,burn and go airborne may have bought us a little more time at best,but still threatens the oceans & marine life,but may also make working on site more manageable & slightly less hazardous(for now?)I have to wonder if they could "seal off" the areas seaside of the reactors by damming up & building a barrier a short distance from the shoreline where the fuel rods were either "put" or ejected via explosion?Maybe they could begin containment measures 100 yds. offshore & work their way inland & have competent engineering co.'s,rather than TEPCO take on this huge job with so much…

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Johnny Blade, my heart is heavy and sad for the struggle your wife and you are experiencing. Too many of my own good friends and loves come to mind and i'm weeping.

      Your notion of using the ocean to cool the fuel rods is pragmatic in the worst case scenario of exposed fuel rods, though the sea salt would soon erode the cladding. But, that erosion is going to happen at some point anyway. The choice between two evils, isn't it? I thought i read that TEPCO had concreted over the ocean floor section just off shore from the reactors where the worst of the water spills occurred. Maybe fuel rods or radioactive debris went in as well. And there was another article about steel girders sectioning off a section of the sea near the leaking sea wall. I'm sorry i don't recall the names of the articles but i read them here at

    • andagi andagi

      Dear Jonny Blade,
      So good to hear from you. My heart goes out to you, your wife, and your family.
      Stay strong and keep posting on ENENews! We're family 🙂

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    cont'd~ at stake!! AND SOON!!! Take care friends!! 🙂

  • Sickputer

    27 samurai trying to do the job that requires 2.7 million troops. I fear for Japan's people and all of the globe. This will end badly.

    You can see about seven of the workers here:

    Later in the evening the yellow breath of strontium and cesium mixes with the cooler night air:

    Night shifts look pretty hazardous…

  • JustmeAlso

    Have Tepgo peeps heard the famous words of Tony Hayward(BP):
    ''I want my life back''..? As if weekends are more important..

    Liquidate Tepgo!

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    I recently saw a worker in a TYVEX suit at a fast food restaurant near the Dresden NPP in Morris,IL finishing up his lunch and pulled out just ahead of us at the exit near the drive-thru window we'd just gotten our own food from. The thing is that he drove past the trash cans which allow patrons to discard their trash without even having to exit one's vehicle-but this douchebag pulled out and flung his garbage into the street less than 20 yards after pulling out into the road!! I wondered to myself if that was the same way he and his co-workers conduct themselves "on the job"?!! I know there's some dirty-ass humans in all walks of life-but somehow I don't think I will ever take a bite of food or drink of water without wondering what the levels of what I KNOW are in it would show up at if tested properly?!! I feel the "change" since 3/11 in ways that ruin my QOL. The air I breathe,the food & drink,the soil & vegetation,and the rain I used to welcome and think of as "giving the land a much-needed bath" are all changed now and the earth feels "dirty" to me now…sigh…I have NOTHING "personally" to be ashamed of-but I'm ashamed of 90% of my fellow humans and my "species" in general and feel helpless to change the course "others"(idiots)have set humanity on!! Someone close to me made me feel like crap when they questioned my logic & sanity for mentioning the issues above & my own feelings about it and human nature! Is my logic & personal feelings really "out…

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    cont'd- "out of line"?!!.