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Japans Homeless exploited by Yakusa and dodgy contractors – International companies ignore this – Petition

“….An increasing proportion of the 3,000 contract laborers at Fukushima are poorly trained, with little technical expertise or knowledge of radiation. They earn about $150 a day, less than what a regular construction job pays. Few are given insurance coverage. Many are destitute, recruited by ruthless labor brokers, some with ties to the mob. And the laborers are tossed out once they are exposed to the legal radiation limit. Critics point to the poor quality of the laborers for the series of large leaks of contaminated water.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, known as Tepco, responsible for decommissioning the plant, hires contractors, which, in turn, hire subcontractors. The contract laborers stand at the bottom of this multilayered pyramid of subcontracting, and they are exposed, on average, to twice the amount of radiation compared with Tepco employees, as reported recently in The Times. Tepco says it is not in a position to comment on the employment practices of the contractors, and the company seems unaware of what is happening on the ground. There are more than 1,000 firms at work at Fukushima…..”

Two homeless men eating a meal outside shuttered shops at night in the western Japanese metropolis of Osaka. (AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks)

AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks

Private labor contractors in Japan are “recruiting” homeless men and men to work in the disaster area of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, taking advantage of their desperation to pay them less than minimum wage and with no proof that their health is being protected.

In a devil’s bargain between organized crime bosses and the nation’s top construction firms, laborers are exploited by these contractors as they take in state funds for the cleanup, giving them miniscule cuts for the dangerous untrained work and then subtracting more for food and lodging.

We call on the government of Japan to investigate this shady practice, ensuring these workers are properly protected from the radiation and being well-compensated for the dangerous work. Don’t let these companies keep preying on the homeless to expose them to radiation — write the Japanese government now!

PETITION TO JAPANESE GOVERNMENT: Protect your country’s homeless from being exploited and exposed to dangerous radiation levels. Investigate construction companies to make sure they’re paying a fair wage and training and protecting their workers.


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“…..Immediately following the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the United States—through the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other agencies—began supporting the Government of Japan and TEPCO in response efforts, decommissioning, and cleanup activities. We are committed to providing support as long as it is necessary. At Fukushima Dai-ichi, I saw examples of the assistance we provided, as well as the continuing partnerships between TEPCO, U.S. Government agencies, U.S. national laboratories, and U.S. companies…..”

“..British engineers Amec, Babcock International, and Atkins are believed to be circling nuclear
decommissioning work estimated to be worth at least $5bn (£3.2bn) in Japan as a result of the Fukushima disaster….”  […] “…US-owned Energy Solutions will also be interested.
“This is a huge opportunity,” claimed the source. “Japan should start
making some real progress on decommissioning now.”….”

“….Veolia Environnement SA (VIE), which treated radioactive water from Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, plans to use the experience to move into decontamination and power plant dismantling.

The water utility and the nuclear research group known as CEA plan to earn as much as 400 million euros ($534 million) in revenue within about four years by cleaning radioactive sites and taking apart installations, they said today….”

“…On June 7, 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President François Hollande agreed on and released a joint statement to promote comprehensive cooperation in the field of nuclear power. In step with this, Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL) and Areva released a Joint Statement on the Future of Nuclear Fuel Recycling….”





May 28, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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