Big money available for doing manual labor at Fukushima disaster site


If you’re living in Japan and find yourself recently unemployed or facing an extended vacation, you’re in luck. That’s right. Currently there is a job offer for work inside the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, home to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor.

They’re offering 30,000 to 50,000 yen per day for three months. Let’s take a look at the offer in full.

Here is a translation of the job offer found on various Japanese recruitment sites.

  • Business Name: Osentekku
  • Subject: Job Opening
  • Job Type: Inside Nuclear Power Plant
  • Location: Okuma Town, Fukushima Prefecture

Comment: Daily 30,000 yen – 50,000 yen for work inside nuclear plants


■ Employment lasts three months ■ Currently this offer is for application only ■ We accept admissions at any time ■ Admission takes two weeks ■ This line of work requires manpower in miscellaneous works (such as formwork, piping, earthwork); even trainee level experience is welcome ■ Expect up to two weeks until admission ■ Daily wage 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen ■ Accommodation is available for 500 yen a day (fixed, no food) ■ We will contact you as soon as a decision is made scheduled for mid-March ■ The workplace is in a high dosage area ■ Those who are serious about earning, please apply ■ Payroll reference: 25 days x 30,000 yen = 750,000 yen x 3 months = 2,250,000 yen from which employment insurance is deducted. ■ Qualifications: Healthy person; mentally and physically strong, self-confident person; must be able to take phone calls; does not belong to anti-social organizations ■ Applicants must be always reachable please, because if in an inquiry is made an immediate response is needed. ■ Payment will be made by the end of the month after the last day by bank transfer to the account provided ■ In your application please include: name, age, address, always reachable number (mobile phone) ■ All applicants are welcome

So on one hand you can stand to rake in 2,250,000 yen for three months honest work. On the other hand you have to spend that time at ground zero of one of the worst nuclear disasters in the history of mankind – while it’s still ongoing.

When the recruitment ad hit the Internet at large, people had a lot to say questioning both what the actual take-home would turn out to be and who would value their life for that sum.

One netizen made the comment “this is black.” It’s a reasonable concern given the whole inflated-salary-for-Fukushima-work trick has been pulled before.

Also when searching for Osentekku online, there was little to be found about the employer outside of this job posting. Perhaps this is a hoax hinted by the vague katakana pronunciation of “Authentic.”

There Japanese company called AuthenTEC was found but they seem to be a machine manufacturer unrelated to goings on at the Fukushima reactor.

Either way, if you happen to be in need of cash and have nothing to lose, it couldn’t hurt to apply. It just hurts a lot to get hired.

Source: Mushoku via Hamsoku

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If I was in Japan right now, I would have no issue agreeing to this.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

No thanks. I think the fat cats from TEPCO should leave their desks, in Tokyo and gor for 3 months to hep clean up the mess they helped to create!!!

19 ( +19 / -0 )

What a plum job! I really can't wait to get into a plastic suit and enter areas of high radioactivity! Maybe it would exacerbate a health condition that I might have? Then I could start a law suit sgainst Tepco and win more money.

If I fail not to die on the job from heatstroke,heart failure or stress then the only one left might be cancer-I'll pretend that my dosimeter is an alarm clock and it'll be ok!!!!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Invitation for died

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Hmmmmm.... Not sure 50k a day is enough for a potentially deadly job like this.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I can't see listed anywhere here the percentage of the daily wage which will be skimmed off by the Yaks organising the whole disgrace.

does not belong to anti-social organizations

Yeah, we look after our own.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Sounds like a dead end job to me...

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The subcontractors (gangsters) will collect Y30000 per day. The labourers will be lucky to get Y10000 per day. the government knows this, but does nothing.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I am in Japan and available. I also have the proper visa(Permanent resident), at 50k a day I would probably be applying today if it wasn't for one thing.

The workplace is in a high dosage area

For 50k a day even a dirty manual job I'd probably do as long as there are no health risks. Would rather work at the front desk of a love hotel for 1000 an hour and safe. Thanks but no thanks.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It's now the four " d". Dirty, dangerous, dull and dosage !!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

No such thing as easy money! I'm sure there are plenty of strings attached...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I'd do it, if the money were guaranteed (and AFTER taxes). I'm sure, though, the company would come up with this and this fee, and that fee, and explain they need to triple the health insurance taken out, etc. etc.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I wonder if the successful applicants have to pay for their own safety suits like the emergency workers used ie plastic shopping bags held in place with rubber bands? As other posters have said, TEPCO desk staff should be the ones bused in to do this work. The yaks will be heavily involved in the recruitment and make a fortune ーthat's for certain.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

no never, human body is precious then any thing else in the universe and every body love themselves, no sensible person will accept the offer against the money.

yes there are other ways for this work and it should be completed by the government authority with taking all the measures in order to insure the health of the person working in the site.

putting an individual in the high risk is another example of the Government how casually they dealing this disaster.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

i can use the money, but not this way. Life is more precious than money, especially if you're a father and raising kids. You don't want to expose them or the family to this.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

If I was in Japan this would be something I would do. As long as the proper safety equipment is provided and precautions taken working in a radioactive environment for a short time is not a problem. Failing to use proper equipment and compromising safety by taking shortcuts is a big no-no in nuclear safety.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I wonder if they will pay for my airplane ticket too?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

should be TEPCO executives only.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Doesn`t sound like much for that level of commitment and danger to me.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It says on Qualifications: Healthy person; mentally and physically strong……. But, by the time your contract is over, you are going feel unhealthy, mentally sick and physically exhausted.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Is a geiger teller standard issue?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

If you can then get paid to submit yourself to scientific testing for a study on radioactivity and the effects on the human body, then you could make even more cash.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Anyone with a lick of common sense knows that the only reason they are offering these wages to common laborers is because no body except those very desperate will want to willingly except the risk involved with working in a highly radioactive environment......where are all the TEPCO electricians,plumbers,maintenance persons,and plant operators that are currently idled since all the NPP shut downs?????? If TEPCO,s own prior and current employees are afraid to take these jobs then it is a (no brainer) that these jobs are far too hazardous to ones health for a measly 50,000 yen per day...Sounds like good money,but what price would you take for risking your health and perhaps your life? Sadly there are people that will make this sacrifice out of a desperate need to put a roof over the heads and food on the tables of their families.....TEPCO exec's and those working in the government department that were overseeing this NPP should be inside and working side by side with the poor folks they feel are expendable or of some lower worth. The Big Daddy's made the mess and now they are asking there children to clean it up!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Also when searching for Osentekku online, there was little to be found about the employer outside of this job posting.

It's probably a front for TEPCO.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Sad, using the poor and desperate to profit the yakuza.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I just want to know where this company is in Japan. Is this company real one? I can not believe all of this recruitment site now.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

I would do it, if I didn´t have a job in Tokyo already. At my age, even if I get radiated a little, it won´t matter. I would not recommend it for my teenage son though.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Job offer for Kamikaze?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Where can i sign up?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

wow is this job still available? where can I sign up?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

where do i apply for this job, iam ready

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I want to do this job...pls help how to apply

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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