24 November 2013, 06:15

Homeless employed to clean up Fukushima nuclear plant

Homeless employed to clean up Fukushima nuclear plant

It has been learned that, to mitigate the consequences of Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, many homeless people were used. They worked quite often with no protection from radiation and even without pay.

A Russia Today TV correspondent spoke with a young man who had worked to "clean up" the Fukushima power plant and who did not identify himself.

"We were given no insurance for health risks, no radiation meters even," the young man says. "We were treated like nothing, like disposable people. They promised things and then kicked us out when we received a large radiation doze."

Some of the workers came voluntarily but others just had no other job to earn their living. Many were not warned about the dangers of radiation or received only about a third of the promised pay or, no pay at all.

It has also been discovered that many of these homeless people were brought to the Fukushima power plant by the Japanese mafia, known as Yakuza, and other criminal organizations.

Investigative journalists say that this is not the first case when organizers of, for example, a large construction project or other works in Japan turn to mafia bosses, asking them to recruit people for the works. Quite often, the people recruited  received only a very vague explanation concerning what they would have to do.

The exact number of people used to "clean up" the Fukushima power plant is unknown. Rough calculations estimate the figure could be about a quarter of a million.

According to other estimations, it may take as much as up to 40 years to completely eliminate all  consequences of the Fukushima accident. This means that millions of people may develop health problems as a result of the Fukushima tragedy.


Voice of Russia, RT

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