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Man arrested for sending 15-year-old boy to help Fukushima clean-up

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Anyone here think this is the only incidents? From what I have read the past few years some people are playing fast and loose with the rules and payments. This is a SHAME for Japan.

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Everyone knows these practices have been accruing since the first subcontractor was hired. When a subcontractor screws up, the contractor (TEPCO) should be liable for the actions of the people they hire. When these patterns continue without change, the blame also needs to fall on Abe, for not doing anything except giving 110% support of the nuclear culture and practices. I'm curious why the article doesn't mention the name of the company this boss works for, nor does it mention the name of the government agency who hired these morally corrupt companies

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The boss wasn't a minor, name and shame ! The government agency too. Or is government agency a euphemism for the yaks ?

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Wait a minute! You said there was no radioactive area in Japan. The government mouthpieces claim that it's a safe now. No Chernobyl here, move on. Now it's this?

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Don't let this guy off easily. Also, make sure the child gets FREE health care for the rest of his life along with back wages and hazard pay from that lousy 'boss.'

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@Alistair Carnell

The boss wasn't a minor, name and shame ! The government agency too. Or is government agency a euphemism for the yaks ?

Fully agree to name and shame the boss and the government agency - but I'm sure the latter will be "covered" by the new "secrecy law"...

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Worse than shameful.. if only the rest of the world knew or cared.

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Why doesn't the law send the businessman up to Fukushima to help with the contanimation cleanup, reduce his salary to 3,000 yen a day and hit him when he doesn't do the job well. And while the law guys are at it, give us the businessman's name along with a photo of him. This guy is scum at its lowest ...

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Ah yes, the evil underbelly of the Japanese business culture. Lie, cheat and steal.

How much of a loss in domestic consumption is caused by this? I know many Japanese who would agree with me, but still remain quiet publicly. Don't count on the media to do any hard pressing either. Stories like this and the AFP article about the elderly being tied up, no wonder the people don't trust the government anymore. Hold all accountable and enforce the law! Geesh

Nope, Abe's off throwing money around in the middle east and spending more on US weapons. Good luck Japan, you need it.

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Government with their fingers in their ears, why don't they actually do anything? Check anything? They just don't give a crap.

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I thought, erroneously, that this "cheating the workers out of their pay" was supposed to have been stopped? Just how hard is it to supervise? Out of all the workers in Japan, these guys should be guaranteed fair pay.

The boss should be horsewhipped, in front of all those under him. And dear ol' dad sent there to work himself, as suggested above.

He said his former employer eventually lowered his wages to just 3,000 yen a day and hit him when he did not do well at his job.

Something tells me the boy had been there for some time.

Wait a minute! You said there was no radioactive area in Japan. The government mouthpieces claim that it's a safe now. No Chernobyl here, move on. Now it's this?

Who said that?

Some areas have been deemed safe. Others, obviously (I'd hope) including ground zero, have not. Would a diagram facilitate your comprehension?

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No idea why this article eliminates the name of the arrested but it has been widely reported elsewhere that he is Yuji Chiba, age 49.

@ReformedBasher "Something tells me the boy had been there for some time"

Other media say the boy escaped from the job after only five days.

@ JWithers at Feb. 19, 2015 - 08:58AM JST "Wait a minute! You said there was no radioactive area in Japan. The government mouthpieces claim that it's a safe now. No Chernobyl here, move on. Now it's this?"

Who said that? I don't know of any government or non-government entities that have made any such claims. What's your intention by posting such an obviously false statement?

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"A Reuters investigation" , not a police investigation, Ministry of Labour or even damn NHK investigation. Those poor people at Fukushima and those workers paid minimum wages were never given any fair deal. I really fear for this country sometimes...

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This is a disgrace. The clean-up should be being tackled by professionally-paid teams of experts, who know what they're doing, not the desperate and destitute who are willing to take whatever scraps are left after the chains of middle-men have scavenged the lion's share of our tax investment..

Let's face it, people - we are paying top dollar for this. We're not doing it on the cheap, but the money is being misappropriated and the government is letting it happen. This needs to be made into the international scandal it is.

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