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TEPCO employees' children forced to give money to classmates to repay rate hikes

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Tokyo Electric Power Company has lost a considerable amount of goodwill following last year’s nuclear disaster. While the level of blame that should be placed on the company as a whole is still to be determined, low level employees of the company often face the immediate brunt of the hostility.

It appears now that even the children of TEPCO employees are having to answer for the choices their parents’ employers made by their classmates. But how are elementary school students so up to speed on the nation’s energy situation?

According to one parent who works for TEPCO in Chiba Prefecture, “it’s the influence of morning talk shows with topics critical of TEPCO” which the children watch before going to school.

At school the children blame their classmate by saying “your parents spread radiation” and “you tricked us into thinking the plants were safe.” Other times the children are teased by comments like “if I touch you I’ll get radiation.”

The employee also claims that the verbal abuse was especially strong from female students who would lay guilt on their son for not being able to become mothers in the future or by showing him pictures of abandoned dogs and cats of Fukushima.

It got to the point where the son had to transfer schools and now must keep his parents’ occupation secret.

This incident occurred in an area labeled as a “hotspot” which is an area containing places with high levels of radioactive contamination, so tensions are surely high. However, according to another anonymous TEPCO worker in Tokyo, “it’s the worst when there’s talk about raising the electricity rates” showing how the problem goes beyond radiation affected areas.

The worker claims that children of TEPCO employees are bullied into giving their money to classmates in order to “compensate” for Tokyo Electric’s rate hikes.

“Until now children used to take great pride in having a parent who worked for TEPCO,” they explained. “It’s like having a parent who works for the national railway (JR), airline (JAL) or television station (NHK). Children can easily identify with this line of work, which is unfortunately also how they can get so angry about it.”

Source: Nikkan SPA (Japanese)

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So wrong on so many differing levels.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

That is sad but very natural and the government is to blame , by not showing clearly the responsible people and punishment them heavily - they spread the guilt ,that way the weakest ones suffer.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I guess this situation will get ignored, showing that the apparent heartfelt disgust at bullying in the Otsu case was just skin-deep.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Taking it out on the children is wrong, wrong, wrong. Unfortunately, the top brass handled this wrong right from the start with their constant deceit and evasions. They have let down their rank and file employees in so many ways.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The parents (=the TEPCO) employees should go to speak to classes, answer the questions of other kids and their own kids. Like their bosses, TEPCO execs should have come to discuss with Japanese people so many times. It's bad to send the unconcerned kids at the forefront on their own.

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This abuse needs to stop, starting with suing all the teachers involved in this failure.

TEPCO should also make it clear to people that this is unacceptable by terminating their electrical contracts on the spot. They should be proactive at protecting their employees from idiots who wish to do them harm.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

While I don't accept the abuse of children whose father's work for TEPCO, or even the abuse of TEPCO employee's like coming home to find a message pinned to the door, it does reflect the general hatred many people have against TEPCO for causing the nuclear disaster.

There's also abuse of people from Fukushima people who fled the prefecture after the nuclear disaster and now find it difficult to rent place, find schools for their kids, and in some cases, even hospital treatment.

The best way to deal with all abuse in schools is by installing CCTV camera's.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It's a sad story, families being tarred with one brush. Cutting off their power? Wouldn't that be corporate bullying?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

9 of the 10 power companies, the 10th being TEPCO, have applied to reduce their power charges from Sept, worth about 50-150 yen for the average consumer. The price decrease is because the price of coal, oil and gas is going down, while the cost of nuclear energy is going up.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The bullies are just using the rate hike as an excuse to extort lunch money from their victims.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Japan really needs to stop picking on defenseless folks.

However it is ironic that these kids used to boast about the fact that their parents worked for TEPCO, and now they have to be burdened with the other side of having to be associated with TEPCO.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Japanese culture at it's best!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Bullying using stupid excuses like this will only happen in Japan. No where else.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Here we see future Japanese politicians and their political skills in the 'cradle'!

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

TEPCO has never faced the disaster because the fact is that this nuclear accident is result of their lies and shameful behavior for years. There is no law to judge their crime in this country. I don't know whether the parent's claim is truth or not. But I suspect that TEPCO and the authorities want them got more tragedy.

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From over here in the U.S. A., it looks for all the world that the design worked. what didn't, was the 10 meter high tidal wave. So very sad to see children focus their anger and fear on other children.

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