Foreign trainees worked at Fukushima nuclear plant despite ban


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Hmmmm Japanese in power taking advantage of south East Asian labor?

Old habits die hard it seems

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"We deviated from our independent rules on employment. We will make our subcontractors thoroughly check the terms of their contracts," a TEPCO official said.

That's exactly what is wrong with working in Japan, especially for these trainees. There are so many companies and agencies with their fingers in the pie by the time it actually gets to the people doing the work there is very little left. You can also bet the sub-contract agency pocketed all the danger money the cleanup workers at Fukushima get paid, which is ¥6,000-¥15,000 per day depending on the kind of work. Of course there is no mention of this in the article.

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And Japan will do nothing about it but the "We'll look into it -- it wasn't us, it was our subcontractors, and we have absolutely no say in what they do, and the government no say in what we do, and us no say in what anyone does. It's just... shouganai. We'll look into hiding -- errr... better organising things and we will THOROUGHLY ask the subcontractors politely to think about voluntarily."

It's no wonder Japan is a leader in human trafficking.

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So a few months ago there was this ramen restaurant where managers allowed foreign students to work more than their allowed limit. The government found out and arrested the students (were they also deported?) for their "terrible crime." Now, the government finds out Japanese contractors are illegally making those "trainees" to work in Fukushima and who gets arrested? No-one. Just a slap on the wrist and "please don't it again."

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Garthgoyle: "Just a slap on the wrist and "please don't it again."

Not even that. TEPCO has taken it on themselves to "look into the matter", which the government is more than happy to allow. I mean, they've been pretty competent all along, right?

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The six people were hired by one of TEPCO's subcontractors.

And the name of that company is...............secret.

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Any company violating the terms of their contracts should receive a hefty fine and a cancellation.

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Nothing meaningful will change until the next apology. Or maybe the one after that?

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darmstadt - disgusting comment. Way off.

And just as disgusting is this yakuza controlled nuclear clean up that the authorities tolerate.

And people wonder why some of us hate the govt. Sheesh!!!

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Intern program! Just one in a long list of euphemisms used in Japan.

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The use of unvetted foreign workers at the site of the nuclear disaster raises many concerns and could open a door for terrorists to enter the plant. In principle I see no problem of foreigners working at the NPP and in fact there are a number of experts from France, Britain and America working on solutions to the major problems.

Whatever is happening with foreign trainees in Fukushima has nothing to do with practices in other countries, such as America and does not excuse it.

Fortunately, the work done by the day laborers who count for more than 4,000 every day are only involved in low level work like the removing of debris and cleaning up the plant or building the water storage tanks.

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On researching and reading most of the workers are being used and abused by several and too many layers of subcontractors amounting to 6-10 from the level of TEPCO. They are forced to hand over more than 50% of their pay to the subcontractors. Their radiation exposure logbooks are being altered to indicate lower levels than their real exposure levels.

¥trillions are involved and will be ongoing for many decades. There need to be some sort of oversight organization to listen to the complaints of the workers and be able to take action to those subcontractors who are abusing and stealing from the workers. The amount of subcontractor levels is ridiculous by any standard and needs to be reduced to one or two levels from the main contractors.

The scandals of the nuke village, nuclear disaster continue.

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And the foreign media has nothing to say about it. Scandalous.

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This is nothing new, and will continue long after the Olympics have come and gone. I'm actually getting the sense that Japanese people can't wait for the Olympics to end already so they can blatantly get back to their discrimination.

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And the foreign media has nothing to say about it. Scandalous.

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