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Fukushima whistleblower exposes yakuza connections, exploitation of cleanup workers

25.10.2013 12:47

Revelations from a Fukushima cleanup worker-turned-whistleblower have exposed the plant’s chaotic system of subcontractors, their alleged mafia connections and the super-exploitation of indigent workers doing this dangerous work.

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Suzuki Hiroshi 27.10.2013 17:29

Cs-134/137 density in marine soil of offshore Fukushima spiked up this September / Over 10 times much
October 27th, 2013 Fukushima Diary
Cesium-134 /137 density in dry marine soil spiked up this September at 4 sampling locations offshore Fukushima.
The readings increased to be over 10 times much as last analysis in August. The leaked radioactive material might have accumulated on the bottom of the sea.

 

Paul Pot 27.10.2013 13:18

The Yakuza have so much power because of the drug war.
They are the number one supplier of amphetamines that drive the Japanese economy.
As long as drugs are illegal, criminal organizations will be in charge of the whole worlds economy.

 

Stephane Schmidt 27.10.2013 07:32

The basic problem goes much deeper. Japan, as a whole, is run like an organised crime syndicate with no checks and balances whatsoever. Anything told to the outside world is mere lip service. The domestic media isn't really free anyway.
Japan has this reputation as a "Western" style democracy, but anyone who has lived there for a while must come to the conclusion that that's just a facade behind which chaos and very dark things are hidden.
Of all the countries in East Asia, Japan is most dangerous one for both environmental problems as well as ultra-nationalist war-mongering.

 

Mike Talbot 26.10.2013 23:24

An update on Fukushima.

 

BeeKeeper Joy 26.10.2013 22:40

SourceKnown! 26.10.2013 21:20

Japan is facing it's darkest hour and needs righteous heroes now more than ever!

Are there any left in Japan that value honor and will sacrifice what is needed to make sure the people of Japan are safe?

Let us hope so!

  


Not just Japan. Everyone. The whole planet. If those rods catch fire, the radiation goes into the atmosphere and blows towards the US. Eventually it will go around the globe.

 

BeeKeeper Joy 26.10.2013 22:38

Ok, the Reuters report de-emphasized the amount of radiation that will be released if those rods catch on fire. And that's irresponsible. The readers need to be aware of how critical this situation is, and why these irresponsible practices by TEPCO could KILL everyone. If those rods catch on fire, then the release of radiation will be 14,000 times the amount of radiation that was released on Hiroshima. It's not just "more" as the writer said. It's 14,000 times more. This is an extinction level event.

 

SourceKnown! 26.10.2013 21:20

Japan is facing it's darkest hour and needs righteous heroes now more than ever!

Are there any left in Japan that value honor and will sacrifice what is needed to make sure the people of Japan are safe?

Let us hope so!

 

john 26.10.2013 07:02

I think its about time japan gets globaly boycoted untill they decide to allocate some serious funding to contain fukushima and radiation leaks instead of information.. Its obvious that japanese honour is a thing of the past and the only incentive they respond to nowdays is profit/ losses.. so let us make fukushima cleanup a de facto precondition for japan's economic recovery.. start today..

 

Justice Ritchie 26.10.2013 01:12

Hey Julie, do you think your friends stepmom would be willing to help someone else out in finding work on the computer? I am disabled, so I cannot work outside of the home and I am struggling. Thanks in advance, and hope you have a great day. Nova.

 

Abu Fatima 25.10.2013 22:44

Sadly, whistleblowers like Tetsuya Hayashi will soon get up to ten years' prison term for 'leaking state secrets' until we will only get a litany of lies from Tepco and the politicians. This is typical of the Japanese ruling elite and their zaibatsu chums.

I don't understand how some of you try to dish out blame on these conned people. Are you trying to say that Fukushima is the fault of ignorant gullible unemployed folk?

Same nasty guts as their Japanese counterparts, with a different skin covering, I guess. Deserve to have a spent fuel rod shoved up your behind together with your pal Shinzo Abe.

 

Abu Fatima 25.10.2013 22:43

Sadly, whistleblowers like Tetsuya Hayashi will soon get up to ten years' prison term for 'leaking state secrets' until we will only get a litany of lies from Tepco and the politicians. This is typical of the Japanese ruling elite and their zaibatsu chums.

I don't understand how some of you try to dishbout blame on these conned people. Arevyou trying to say that Fukushima is the fault of ignorant gullible unemployed folk?

Same nasty guts as their Japanese counterparts, with a different skin covering, I guess. Deserve to have a spent fuel rod shoved up your behind together with your pal Shinzo Abe.

 

Mitchell Bupp 25.10.2013 22:33

did you notice they were checking the thyroid in the photo? could it be all of these people are getting internal contamination? I don't know but Reuters should have his internal radiation levels checked....

 

Mitchell Bupp 25.10.2013 22:31

This story is good in pointing out a problem but I see an even bigger issue. The reporter never pointed out the the "radiation suits" only protect you from contaminated radioactive particles. His whole body dose of radiation exposure came from external exposure. It seems that this man doesn't even understand why he is wearing the protective clothing. He is oblivious to the fact. If he got a whole body exposure of 5500 MR (us measurement) then every person with him also did. These men are not even smart enough to do the job safely.

 

Shira Persona 25.10.2013 20:54

I personally don't care if Yakuza are the ones doing the cleanup. I think the bigger picture is that the Ocean was (and perhaps still is) bubbling from radiation. Sea life is being killed off and contaminated, and humans all over the world are being affected as well through the spread of radiation by sea, rain, ect. This is a SERIOUS issue that everyone should be looking at. Sadly, more people care about the Kardashians than the important issues.

 

Todd Boyle 25.10.2013 20:42

A useful report. But focuses only on labor abuses and the unfortunate at the bottom of the social hierarchy in Japan. Please finish the job! The actual structure of Japan's economy has evolved over centuries. As the U.S. occupation forces found in 1945, the ruling classes of the emperor system, finance, industrial and trading firms remained in . To this day, all decisions of business, buying, selling, hiring across the upper and middle classes are made NOT on price or merit, but on patronage and favor. On rare occasions people revolt within Japanese institutions, the yakuza peons and Sokaiya suppress it.

 

Agnes Maria 25.10.2013 17:58

'Critics of the plant’s cleanup say that this unregulated hiring of workers through subcontractors opens them to the risk of rights violations, extortion and blackmail from organized crime syndicates. But the lawyers of workers from around the Fukushima prefecture say that even that is a good deal compared to being unemployed.'

The most unfortunate statement in the article. This is important work. The magnitude of the level of irresponsibility, of organising improperly around doing it, is beyond measure. Disgraceful. Power to the good people directly undertaking this awful job.

 

siyousyanamae 25.10.2013 17:41

Human rights experts rap U.N. report on Fukushima radiation
OCT 25, 2013 The Japan Times
Human rights experts, including a U.N. special rapporteur, are criticizing a U.N. scientific report dismissing concerns about the effects of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the Japanese public.
Speaking Thursday at an event organized by U.S. and Japanese nongovernmental groups, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to health Anand Grover took issue with the report’s conclusion that “there is nothing to worry about” for members of the public exposed to radiation from Fukushima.

 

Roland Lawrence 25.10.2013 16:44

I had a feeling the cockups were not by chance. Just letting any old person cleanup without training etc. No wonder this is a comedy of errors. No overall game plan? Things not going well? Except for the invoicing - I bet thats right on target....

 

Dannie Kirk Jensen 25.10.2013 16:05

Keep up the good work on 3/11.

Good luck Japan.

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