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Japan: Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Worker Dangers Revealed

Categories: East Asia, Japan, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Disaster, Environment, Human Rights, Labor, Media & Journalism

This post is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011 [1].

Japan's new online citizen media site 8bit news [2] uploaded a video [3] [ja] on 18 September, 2012, by Tetsuya Hayashi, who unexpectedly found himself working as a cleanup worker at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

He had applied for a job entitled ‘Backup Logistics Support’, but actually found himself on the front line, exposed to high doses of radiation amounting to 1 mSv per minute.

One of the key stories of Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster was the damage sustained [4] to the coastal power station.

The video [5] [ja – now made private] explains the terrible condition of workers in Fukushima Daiichi (see below for English):


Workers as young as 18, 19 years were sent to the site, without adequate training or education. We were told to write resumes with fictitious work experience.

One Twitter user [6] found this exposé so flagrant that she decided to translate the video transcript into English.

あまりにひどいので、英語発信しました。→【実名告発・特ダネ】原発作業員を「嘘の履歴書」で現場に。下請け構造不正の実態 @8bit_HORIJUN さんより

This is too much. I translated into English. →【Real Name/Breaking News】Nuclear Workers Are Sent To Site with False Resume. Truth about multiple subcontractors via @8bit_HORIJUN

The full translation of this video by Yuri Hiranuma can be read here [7].

This post is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011 [1].