TV: Mentally disabled are working at Fukushima Daiichi, says journalist — Many men forced to go to plant — Homeless treated like ‘disposable people’ (VIDEO)

Published: November 21st, 2013 at 5:42 pm ET


RT News, Nov. 20, 2013: Homeless men employed cleaning up the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, including those brought in by Japan’s yakuza gangsters, were not aware of the health risks they were taking and say their bosses treated them like “disposable people.” […] While some workers voluntarily agreed to take jobs on the nuclear clean-up project, many others simply didn’t have a choice […] many of the workers were brought into the nuclear plant by Japan’s organized crime syndicates, the yakuza. […] Although a special task force to keep organized crime out of the nuclear clean-up project has been set up, investigators say they need first-hand reports from those forced to work by the yakuza […]

Anonymous former Fukushima worker: We were given no insurance for health risks, no radiation meters even. We were treated like nothing, like disposable people — promised things, and then kicked us out when we received a large radiation dose.

Tomohiko Suzuki, journalist who worked at Fukushima plant
: The government called Tepco to take urgent action, Tepco relayed it to subcontractors — and they, eventually, as they had a shortage of available workers, called the Yakuza for help. […] They were given very general information about radiation and most were not even given radiation meters. They could have exposed themselves to large doses without even knowing it. Even the so-called Fukushima 50 […] at least three of them were enrolled by the yakuza.

Aleksey Yaroshevsky, RT: There are 25% more openings for jobs at Fukushima plant than applicants, according to government data. Gaps filled, says Suzuki, by the homeless, the desperately unemployed and even those with mental disabilities.

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Published: November 21st, 2013 at 5:42 pm ET


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59 comments to TV: Mentally disabled are working at Fukushima Daiichi, says journalist — Many men forced to go to plant — Homeless treated like ‘disposable people’ (VIDEO)

  • I just had this horrible black and white montage image of ships full of prisoners crossing over the polluted, radioactive waters of the Pacific in the sick sci-fi thriller "Escape form Fukushima", coming to a theater near you.

    Soon even the Yakuza will succumb to the effects of the non-stop radiation.

  • Gradius

    Dear Kelly,

    Nice movie, but there is *NO* escape at all. They and GE, killed this Planet for real this time. The only important question is… how much time we still have?!

    • I wonder about that every day. I check this site a dozen times a day – and other days I just don't have the energy. The hardest thing to accept is that I cannot change anything. This is the story that is played out, regardless of my desire to switch the channel. Best I can do is express gratitude throughout the day, every day, and savor what we have left.

      Three days ago I helped release some leatherback turtles into the Pacific. Because there is a big problem with turtle egg poachers, one of the landowners of a huge tract of beach south of me has created a hatch and release program. There were about 100 baby turtles released. I think the program averages 25-50 a day. Some say we should not interfere, but these guys need all the help they can get. It was truly a magical experience watching these turtles disappear into the horizon. I prayed that they would find they way home in a few years, free from radiation.

      My heart goes out to the ocean creatures – and to those who are instantly suffering the effects from Fukushima as mentioned in the story. It won't be too long before the Yakuza start raiding hospitals and institutions to keep Fukushima staffed.

      • +10000

        Every action and prayer is important. Every person is critical.

      • invisible ELEphant in the room

        Tim Rifat has it figured out and these are the coming facts:

        As the northern hemisphere gets more and more radiated, the middle class and the wealthy are going to buy uncontaminated food and water from the southern hemisphere, bidding the prices way up.

        Meanwhile, the poor will not be able to afford the expensive uncontaminated food and water, they'll be forced to drink and eat radiated food and water which means they'll be doomed to all sorts of diseases and problems.

        This is 100% certain. Uncontaminated food and water will be the gold and silver of the last days of man on earth.

        The question is, how long will the above take to transpire?

        • mairs mairs

          Well, we already get produce from the Southern Hemisphere when it is out of season in the Northern Hemisphere, for instance fruit from Chile.

        • MichaelV MichaelV

          So move entire portfolio over into… uncontaminated food..?

          Dividends paid in what, hot meals…?

          Check epa site… Nov 17 Sacramento… we're peaking w/rads.

          How much time remains..?? We fumbled the ball away in the last minute of the game. Those coria/corii are going to run out the F@¢king clock…!

          Bartender~I'll have another, top shelf, double…
          … how much time left…people…nukes…never learned…

          Putting my money in Bourbon… they'll want that too in order to forget…

        • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

          In my mind I skipped the stage you're referring to and am mentally stuck on when only the very wealthy will have the ability to get the most desired items we'll all be clamoring for. I fear land and water source grabs too. The least polluted soil and water will be so highly desired it won't matter who owns it. With crazy levels of taxation, fees or legislation, the PTB can find a way to seize what they want.

      • andagi andagi

        Dear Kelly Ann Thomas,
        Thank you for your beautiful post.
        What a challenge it is balancing the desire to be informed and the angst the information brings. Your post speaks to your lovely and gentle soul. Keep reading and posting. You're in good company here.
        Am looking at the lovely pink/peach/blue sunrise on the West coast, watching the waves lap ashore. Such a beautiful world… such a horrific mess… Will put the beauty in my heart and the facts in my brain. On with the day!
        Go intrepid Newsers!
        Take good care 🙂

      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        Beautifully written and I wish I was in the vicinity to take part.

        When I lived on Cape Cod year round, there'd be the days in February when the waters were so darn nasty cold, migrating turtles would go into shock and wash ashore. My husband (yeah, Phil's a girl) would wait in the car with my one and three year old and I'd run up and down the beaches looking for them in hopes of finding them before it was too late. I never did find any in need. Although in other more remote places I'd run into resting seals. On those beaches, I endured some of the nastiest stinging winds I'd personally faced which is saying something because I spend a lot of time outdoors in all weather. But it felt good to know we'd contributed.

        The world is better off for your beautiful efforts.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    TEPCO Experts hire the mentally handicapped and homeless/weakest people in Japan to clean up nuclear triple melt down. I hate to use the word…but Retarded just begins to explain how the situation has been handled so far. Fails all around. The fails are off the damn scale. Yakuza are some shady fellahs.

    • JKBK

      Sadly most people are not really concern about this. Aid comes quickly to Philippines struck by the recent typhoon but for this one there is hardly any display of urgency by Japanese government or any other government in the world. Japan government wants Tepco to fix this but was it not them that authorise Tepco to build nuclear plants.

      • Sickputer

        JKBK sez: "Aid comes quickly to Philippines struck by the recent typhoon but for this one there is hardly any display of urgency…"

        SP: The difference? Human visitors die at Fukushima or have longterm illnesses.

        It is interesting to see who among foreigners committed human resources to central Japan. There was some US military assistance in the early days, but I wonder if those troops were held back from the 50-mile super hot radius.

        The Red Cross gave appliance packages and other assistance, supposedly $350 million in assistance. But this quote seems a bit like it was scripted by the nucleorats:

        "The Red Cross also provided caregivers and psychological support teams for evacuation centers and nursing homes to address mental health issues, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety amongst survivors."

        • Edward Edward

          Correct, fukushima is a slow kill while the typhoon was a fast one. People find it easy to ignore slow, unpleasant disasters. Just like with climate change. It's not convenient for them, nobody wants to reduce air travel, drive less/sensible vehicle or turn down the air conditioning afterall we aren't underwater, they are halfway around the world.

  • ruppert

    Whenever we are faced with even the most horrible circumstances, it presents an opportunity to love or be kind and it doesn't matter whether it's something we call big or small.

    I may be trashed for saying that but not one of us knows why we are here and our true nature is love, however that is expressed. Anytime we are confronted with a TEPCO, Fed or even a Hitler, we are given the opportunity to be what we are.

    It doesn't mean you roll over and allow anyone to hurt you as that love can be expressed as protesting, resistance, fighting and as was posted assisting baby turtles to make their way.

    I'm not being passive but I find that doing whatever one can no matter how bad the situation is,in alignment as a human being works for me.

    For people that want to piss and moan and feel like victims, that's their choice. I am just saying what works for me.

    I am not trying to be religious but be a human being to the world I am presented with.

    • We Not They Finally

      No one should EVER "trash" you for saying that. All we may have left is compassion. And it's still the gold standard even if the whole world turns to mud and dust.

      I've oftentimes felt so powerless over all this, that I've thought that ANY way to say "I'm not complicit in this" is good. And love and compassion for others is sure one of the better ways to do that.

  • retali8 retali8

    my Japanese friend recently applied for "refugee visa" in "Southern Hemisphere", as that's the only visa going for anything radiation related (anyone know others?) and the immigration people just keep saying its not true and jp gov wouldnt do that to its people,, they manged to shock *this person* enough *this person* lost all there words and they couldn't even say there 10 page memo, absolutely dumb founded, i feel so sorry for this person, i even considered giving up a "partner visa" to rescue them(even though its only a friend), what hope is there for japanese anyway? just to get a skill and work abroad maybe the only chance before they are banned in all countries..

    • bo bo

      Whenever I tell people my sister had to evacuate to Australia, most people make a slightly snarky/humorous comment, rolling their eyes, and scoff 'ha ha ha ! Oooooh what an AWFUL thing, an AWFUL place to HAVE to move to !!! I would love to move to Australia myself !' They think they are being humorous and cute, and still want to believe the situation is really not that dire for anyone on this planet, that we still live in an age of 'choice'….
      I don't think they really understand what it feels like to have to leave your home country knowing you will never ever be able to return.

      • We Not They Finally

        Shame on people treating you like that. They need to get educated.

        • bo bo

          WNTF – they seriously don't think they are being mean… because they still don't realize how serious the situation is, they find it an odd comment that I say 'she had to evacuate to Australia'

          'Ppppppsssh…. what a luxury… meanwhile we're stuck here in miserably cold Boston and I'm supposed to sympathize with that? ''- kind of Seinfeld humour I guess (though I am a fan)

          Also – I'm never asking for sympathy for her or Japan when I'm talking about it to people too. I only use the information just because I'm hoping that people here wake the f**k UP to their own fate. But because they have no idea what they are facing, they always misconstrue that information as me wanting sympathy.

          • bo bo

            Many tell me that I probably should go see a therapist. And they also claim 'it's no use worrying about what you can't control.' The implication is that, they, on the other hand, have learned to 'let go' of what they can't control.

            I do agree that I probably need therapy. However I think that if they really did grasp the gravity of the situation they too would probably be in need of therapy. In my mind I think: ' ok, I will go to therapy befire you and get this all this sorted out so later when you and everybody else is in full bliwn panic mode, I can help you work through it'

            I seriously wonder though if therapists were ever trained to help people deal with an ELE. I guess they can improvise from their knowledge on grief and PTSD…

            • many moons

              I hate it when I'm discussing Fukushima with individuals who take the position of "well really there is nothing anyone can do" what a load crap. If we had all done something after 3 mile island there would have been no Chernobyl, if we had done something in 1986 there would have been no Fukushima…and this list will continue IF we don't do something!
              We need to do something!
              Protest, lobby, vote, Boycott, march….Organize!

      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        What area was your sister moving from, Bo?

        I recently saw a specialist for a bone issue who told me they're screening regularly for autoimmune issues. When I was retelling my story to another sports friend that is a doctor's wife she said there is a burgeoning proportion of people dealing w/autoimmune issues in this area.

        Lyme disease is very much part of these numbers but I can't help but wonder how much is linked to changes in background radiation.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    What shame to think that we humans would ever be considered.. contaminated human waste.. 🙁

  • Bones Bones

    Mr. Suzuki in the clip says "most were not even given radiation meters…" Now why would Tepco do that? That would prevent the workers from suing Tepco for any money or healthcare money because the workers have no information or data on just how much radiation they were exposed to. You could perhaps use internal exposure through urine testing maybe, but it is a move by Tepco to create plausible deniability.

    • mairs mairs

      Remember in the beginning only worker group leaders were given a radiation badge. Everyone else in each group was out of luck.

      • We Not They Finally

        It's called deliberate murder.

      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        Just curious and not a commentary on their desire to care for themselves. I can buy those badges on Amazon. Is it possible for Japanese workers to acquire their own?

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    This headline comes as no surprise:
    Hire workers to do what, exactly??

    Build the 10,000 year ice wall..? No news lately on that pipe dream…

    Construct a bigger tank farm…?


    This requires an interstellar KB of a magnitude that doesn't exist on the earth. Certainly you can see there is no power on earth that can 'fix' this..?

    It's physics… like changing the orbits of moon and sun. Do that and you own the heavens…

    …but you can't.. it's that simple.

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      The sun…
      The brought the inescapable energy of the sun to earth and for what…?

      TO BOIL H²O…!

      And then…and then they call themselves engineers.!!

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      "This headline comes as no surprise"

      I agree. The Soviet Union is known for putting prisoners on the forward line in battles. If they didn't move forward they were shot.

      As depicted in the movie, "Glory", the Civil War north did not include the MA division with the very unpopular African American soldiers until they realized they would be useful in the highest casualty battles.

      It is a basic war strategy to save what leadership has labeled higher quality resources for battles that can be won. Obviously a huge disservice to many brave men. I'm just pointing out thought processes in these instances.

  • alasanon

    Whoever is working at Daiichi can be very proud of doing VERY IMPORTANT work that truly will impact the world, many billions of people and other creatures, the Pacific Ocean, and their home country of Japan for MILLENIA.

    In ancient times, many thousands of workers gave their lives to build great walls, palaces, monuments, temples, pyramids…
    They were proud to do so because they knew their work on such famous structures would live on and it has… They gladly took their chances for immortality.

    Fukushima may be similar… Not many people can claim that their work will protect millions of lives and the legacy of its impact across the world will live on!

    • alasanon

      I'm not saying that it's an easy job–but, they are doing some incredibly important work and that can be a reward in itself!

      I hope they fully recognize that and can feel good about it… It may be one of the most important jobs in the world.

      • We Not They Finally

        It's nice of you to say and maybe your heart is in the right place. But they are treated like human garbage, poisoned, and thrown away. And no, their work has NOT been "incredibly important," because there was not even any planning for what would WORK, not just line people's pockets. Much of this has been what we would tragically call "busy work" or even DESTRUCTIVE — decontamination that doesn't work, throwing nuclear waste into rivers, burning nuclear debris into the air.

        At least with Chernobyl, they knew the risks, they trained for it, and there was the national will to fix it.

        By the way, you yourself may have the common enough ailment called DENIAL. You think that some great and glorious work has been achieved there? Maybe you need to look again. They have NOT "protected millions of lives" and they have no "legacy" except as dishonored and tragically, wrongfully trashed humans, for which the perpetrators should be thrown into jail and throw away the key.

        And again, you may mean well, but you sound very much like Lady Barbara Judge, the propaganda shill who said that she went to Fukushima and "the morale was fantastic." The morale there is crap and workers are just being recklessly, criminally killed. God help them, it is all so wrong, but that's the reality of it.

        Sorry for the reality lesson. Hopefully you have some sense and I am not talking to air.

        • We Not They Finally

          Notice that I've tried to give you the benefit of the doubt. And you're probably lucky it's the middle of the night. In the light of day, it may not look so good if you keep on with this. This kind of outlandish insensitivity (to say the least) can actually get upsetting to people.

        • flatsville

          This is a fairy tale.

          >>>At least with Chernobyl, they knew the risks, they trained for it, and there was the national will to fix it.<<<

          Some highly skilled Liquidators knew the risks an volunteered. Others wete conscripted and evev school children were tricked to scrap contaminated dirt under the guise of "nature field trips." I read an account of one woman who wrote an account of such a "school outing" when she was a young teen aged girl. It was heart breaking. She was becoming ill and had only recently learned before the 25th anniversary of the event that it was likely a result of what happened to her as a child.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Flats, This is your future world of endless clients if we stay this course using Nuclear Technology releasing Radiation Contamination on this planet!

            Stare at it, absorb it, understand the consequences, share these pictures with all you know!

            • flatsville

              Got enough projects as is in country right now. People are dying of nuclear and non-nuclear contamination, so I understand the consequences.

              Trying to get some of you to fund enviro groups who are fighting the battle for you in your own backyard while you're fixated on what goes on overseas.

              Share that.

              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                Flats, These are not environmental problems/concerns, these are ongoing crimes against humanity/all biological life residing on this planet, and the entire Nuclear Industry is simply a continual crime in process…share that!

                Raise the Bar! 🙂

                • flatsville

                  A distinstion without a difference…

                  >>>These are not environmental problems/concerns, these are ongoing crimes against humanity/all biological life residing on this planet…<<<

                  But, if you feel you somehow scored some points, good for you.

                  It all needs to be dealt with.

                  >>>Raise the Bar!<<<

                  Raise Some Money.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      I wish there was a way to get that message to them. I would like to know they had the comfort of our deep appreciation as they lie sick and dying. The idea of brave men and women dying alone, shuttered away, deeply saddens me. How can we let them know we celebrate them for their sacrifices?

  • I'm sure the Yakuza are shaking in their boots when they heard about the "special task force". How many homeless radiated ex workers will be willing to testify publicly against the Yakuza?

    "The yakuza's influence is more pervasive and more accepted within Japanese society than organized crime is in America, and the yakuza have a firm and long-standing political alliance with Japan's right-wing nationalists. In addition to the typical vice crimes associated with organized crime everywhere, the yakuza are well ensconced in the corporate world."

    Another similar type article to RT's above. Fuku is not going away.

  • ruppert

    The rate that this whole tragedy is deteriorating, it won't be long before it makes no difference whether you are a Yakuza or an ordinary person on the street.

    It speaks volumes that Japan is using the Yakuza and not an internationally trained and experienced group to be facilitating all of this.
    Governments like people put their money where their mouth is with their priorities. We must be definitely in the monkey house when they are worrying and planning more about an Olympics that has no chance of every happening than working on a disaster that will ruin their country as well as kill millions worldwide.

    Meanwhile the rest of the world sits back and plays their collective fiddles while Earth burns.

    Folks, I think we have insanity here.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      "The rate that this whole tragedy is deteriorating, it won't be long before it makes no difference whether you are a Yakuza or an ordinary person on the street."

      This morning I was translating a Japanese blog with Google Translate. You can get to it through a link I posted on the heavy Cesium thread this morning. The verbatim translation was challenging for one that doesn't speak a speck of Japanese. However, one comment that did come through crystal clear was someone wondering if they were close to martial law being declared in their area.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Tepco is the number one employer of people who are mentally disabled. The CEO, the managers, they are all mentally disabled.

  • Nick

    So now we blame the disaster on those who are being irradiated while they "decontaminate" areas of Japan?

    If the work is sloppy, why do it?

    To make money for those who get to line their pockets.

    There is NO way any of the efforts since 3/11/11 have actually been intelligent, cunning maybe, devious yes.

    To collect bags of crap and pile up in mounds is not decontaminating.

    To shred trees into chips and then dump into waterways is not decontaminating.

    To place metal plates on the ground around the busted plants is not decontaminating.

    To hide dosage rates is not decontaminating.

    To claim cold shutdown is not decontaminating.

    To burn any waste with even a speck of radiation is not decontaminating.

    To raise allowable limits of poisons in food is not decontaminating.

    Erecting a tent to hide damage is not decontaminating.

    Building hastily built flimsy metal tanks to store water (and then release it into the ocean anyway) is not decontaminating.

    To photoshop damages to #4 is not decontaminating.

    Just what ARE all these poor souls really sacrificing their health actually DOING?

    Being bamboozled is what.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      Wouldn't the contamination spread at a higher rate of speed if all storage efforts were cancelled?

      An article I read in ABC Australia dated a few days back basically quoted a Tepco engineer as saying they were just going to end up dumping it in the Pacific anyway with the same old tired dilution claims.

      Maybe they knew these efforts were futile but did it for the benefits of Americans who you know are involved in oversight somehow. I think when you view Tepco's efforts through the prism of historical war strategy, themes tend to present themselves.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    bamboozled is such a great creative "real world" terminology/word.. 🙂

  • FXofTruth

    There is a finite number of Japanese "disposable people" that can be used over the next 10 years to do this work. Maybe Japan can get all the men that worked on the Chernobyl meltdown…oh, that's right they are all dead.

    Looks like the business to get into is being an undertaker in Fukushima. At the rate people are going to die from working at the plant, they will be dropping like flies and business will be backlogged for months.

    But seriously, maybe it time to train monkeys to do the work. They work cheap and can't talk. TEPCO wouldn't have to worry about whistle-blowing monkeys.

  • Vorith

    They could make a line of protective suits. So many for so many workers. These could come from anywhere in the world. Other aide could present itself… it's not tho. This has got to be a serious red flag. I can only guess there are "orders" not to help. That there is and has been an agenda behind all this.

    As for the hijacked and other kamikazes, at least some media is getting your story out. Maybe we can apply pressure in some way?

    And as for an endgame scenario we have noble gas. You inhale this (inside a plastic bag etc). A painless death. Could be the greatest gift – which is quite the pathetic testimony.

    I am alarmed at the slip shod approach. It's like the above, they may have been told to fumble while all the time giving the appearance of doing something. If anything needs to be nuked now it would be those underground facilities for the, already pampered.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      "And as for an endgame scenario we have noble gas. You inhale this (inside a plastic bag etc). A painless death."

      Or the poor man's version.

      I'll quote comedian Richard Jenny who eventually did opt for a personal bug out plan due to personal demons.

      "Love songs…sit in the car, turn on the radio, and close the garage door love songs." Yeah, I'll opt for some great music to ease my exit.

      • Kassandra

        In June of 2012, researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Texas published for public review a power point presentation titled ‘US Particulate and Xenon Measurements Made Following the Fukushima Reactor Accident’ by.

        The researchers had used a SAUNA-II xenon measurement system in March and April of 2011 to measure noble gasses from Fukushima reaching the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

        The system measured Xenon-133 at 450,000 times background. The levels persisted for weeks. Xenon-133 emits beta particles (high intensity electrons) and gamma rays as it decays. Inhalation of Xenon poses a danger to human health.

        J. McIntyre, S. Biegalski, T. Bowyer, M. Copper, P. Eslinger, J. Hayes, D. Haas, H. Miley, J. Rishel, V. Woods (2011) ‘US Particulate and Xenon Measurements Made Following the Fukushima Reactor Accident’,

  • pkjn

    Atomic mafia ‘cleans up’ Fukushima, neglects basic workers' rights
    November 20, 2013 Russia Today
    A former Fukushima worker said that they were given no insurance for health risks, no radiation meters even. At first they were promised a lot of money, even offered a long-term contract but they were kicked out when they received a large radiation doze. They could have exposed themselves to large doses without even knowing it.
    According to government data, there are 25 percent more openings for jobs at Fukushima than applicants. These gaps are often filled by the homeless and the desperately unemployed. Many of the workers were brought into Fukushima by Japan's organized crime syndicates. It may take another 40 years to completely liquidate the aftermath of the disaster, the lives of millions could be affected.