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Japanese homeless recruited for Fukushima cleanup

Posted Dec 30, 2013 by Brett Wilkins

Japanese private labor contractors are recruiting homeless people from around the nation to perform cleanup work around the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and followed by a partial meltdown.

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With permission by Reuters / Kimimasa Mayama

Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees wearing protective suits and masks walk down the steps of a fuel handling machine on the spent fuel pool inside the No.4 reactor building at the tsunami-crippled TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture (November 7, 2013)

An investigative report by Reuters has revealed the practice of luring homeless Japanese to work, sometimes for less than minimum wage, on the massive cleanup effort at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant. Dubious operators scour train stations and other places frequented by the down-and-out, preying on desperate individuals willing to perform what is arguably one of the world's most dangerous and unwanted jobs: "working on the $35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong." The Reuters investigation also revealed that organized criminal syndicates, as well as some of the nation's leading construction companies, are running dodgy labor schemes in which contracted day laborers are being swindled and exploited, sometimes by government-funded contractors. "We're an easy target for recruiters," Shizuya Nishiyama, a 57-year-old homeless man from Sendai, told Reuters. "We turn up [at the train station] with all our bags, wheeling them around and we're easy to spot. They say to us, 'Are you looking for work? Are you hungry?' And if we haven't eaten, they offer to find us a job." The Reuters investigation accuses contractors such as Obayashi, one of Japan's 'Big Five' construction firms, of hiring subcontractors who skim wages intended for cleanup workers for themselves: Only a third of the money allocated for wages by Obayashi's top contractor made it to the workers [recruited for the job]. The rest was skimmed by middlemen, police say. After deductions for food and lodging, that left workers with an hourly rate of about $6, just below the minimum wage equal to about $6.50 per hour in Fukushima... Some of the homeless men ended up in debt after fees for food in housing were deducted, police say. Some of the construction company officials interviewed by Reuters insisted that there was no way for their firms to effectively monitor the hiring of every Fukushima cleanup worker. "If you started looking at every single person, the project wouldn't move forward," said Yukio Suganuma, president of Aisogo Service, a company hired to clean up radioactive fallout in the town of Tamura." With the Japanese Environmental Ministry announcing last week that work on most of the contaminated sites will take as many as three years longer than expected, there are widespread concerns that the exploitation of Japan's homeless population will continue or even worsen.

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Common this is ridiculous. If TEPCO is hiring homeless people to do this job they should just concede to needing help from outside sources...

How greedy do you have to be to do this. They think that their saving face by not asking for help and then they do something like this which just pushes them even more into the gutter.

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I like it. It's better than the lazy homeless people here who just offer to wash windshields for a dollar using a spray bottle filled with their own urine and a dirty newspaper

So you'd rather they pay chump change for the homeless to risk their health doing a job they don't have the training to do?

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Kinda like the Chernobyl liquidators (cleanup crew) which ranged upwards of 600,000 men and women who for the most part were grossly mislead as to the radiation dangers they were facing. Hard numbers vary widely due to the loss or lack of statistics since the dissolution of the USSR but estimates put the dead from radiation poisoning at very roughly 60,000 with another 165,000 disabled.

We can expect this to a degree from a Communist country with a long history of abusing its citizens but from Japan, a democratic nation, unheard of.

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Kinda like the Chernobyl liquidators (cleanup crew) which ranged upwards of 600,000 men and women who for the most part were grossly mislead as to the radiation dangers they were facing. Hard numbers vary widely due to the loss or lack of statistics since the dissolution of the USSR but estimates put the dead from radiation poisoning at very roughly 60,000 with another 165,000 disabled.

We can expect this to a degree from a Communist country with a long history of abusing its citizens but from Japan, a democratic nation, unheard of.

If you actually lived here, not sure you'd believe the word democracy applies... "Freedom" is a relative term anyways, & there aren't many clear examples left, for comparison's sake. If one has time/patience/the stomach to argue, it might be said the lower socio/economic class is treated better in Japan than say, the USA. As for this particular matter, wouldn't doubt it at all.

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If you actually lived here, not sure you'd believe the word democracy applies... "Freedom" is a relative term anyways, & there aren't many clear examples left, for comparison's sake. If one has time/patience/the stomach to argue, it might be said the lower socio/economic class is treated better in Japan than say, the USA. As for this particular matter, wouldn't doubt it at all.

I count "democracy" as a country that has universal voting rights for adults and an elected government at its core. Im not sure where Japan ranks in freedoms for its peoples but if you live there Ill take your word for it.

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Terrific, if homeless people are having trouble finding work and they gear them up properly how is this an issue?

Killing two birds with one stone. Brilliant strategy Japan, they are solving their unemployment or homelessness problems while also solving the radioactive clean up issue. If only more countries were like Japan.

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Killing two birds with one stone. Brilliant strategy Japan, they are solving their unemployment or homelessness problems while also solving the radioactive clean up issue. If only more countries were like Japan.

The Japanese New Deal.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I do hope that the workers are given proper protection and training though.

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