Follow-up to: Weekends off at Fukushima: Not one plant worker could be seen says Asahi -- Operational equipment lay idle -- A cold eerie quietness
(Subscription Only) Title: Fukushima heroes featured in Kyoto exhibition
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: ROKU GODA
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