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Tokyo Olympic construction race raises worker safety questions

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By Miwa Suzuki

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With al the problems we are hearing left and right concerning the build-up to the Olympic Games and a lot of issues like a decent circulation plan still not in effect I really start to wander if the Japanese government did not start way too late with the preparations.

I mean they do know it's happening next summer right ?

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Ahhh, construction contracts, the real winners of the Olympics. Nothing screams Olympic spirit like price gouging, rig bidding and wasteful tax spending

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We have no paper work? So it can't be happening. No offical contracts? Layered employment. Health and safety not a functioning system. I don't believe their statistics that 2 dead, 14 injured for a minute.

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despite government efforts to address excessive hours.

Lol

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This issue was notably ignored on NHK Newswatch 9's recent puff pieces about the stadium and oh how wonderful it is because it has "wood from ALL PREFECTURES OF JAPAN" (no mention of how it also has rainforest timber) and it embodies uniquely Japanese concepts(tm) like komorebi (of course, a deafening silence on Zaha Hadid).

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Something is wrong. To hold Olympic games, huge constructions are required. Return to the original spirit of Olympics born in Greece. Today's Olympics remind me of Roman circus and shows.

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So, there has been one death attributed to 'karoshi' after one guy worked over 200 hours of overtime in a month. What about the other thousands of workers who are clocking up the same ridiculous amounts of overtime. They don't get a mention coz they are not dead, right? Even the regulation overtime hours of 100 hours per month is ridiculous. This is how Japanese business works. Understaff your company, pay them a crappy salary that includes 'extra' for overtime and make them work themselves to death with ridiculous workloads and deadlines. This practice is not just restricted to the Olympic construction. This is the basic practice right across the board. How wonderful! This is how you build a large economy. You make your workers work 200 hours overtime per month and pay them a pittance for their time. It used to be called slavery, but in Japan it's called, economics.

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All authorities should always keep a watchful concern for all workers at dangerous sites to ensure the laws and codes are being kept to.

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Why is this article in the Sport section?

Business or crime seems more appropriate to me.

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There should be limits on the number of hours someone can work.

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Everything will be fine.

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Is there any JT readers that can explain the reason for this multiple layers of subcontractors instead of straight companies doing the job with proper emplyees?

Actually I am excepting this from stream media but I cannot find it (at least in English).

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Did they ever settle the copyrights with the original company of Zaha Hadid?

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"This is how Japanese business works. Understaff your company, pay them a crappy salary that includes 'extra' for overtime and make them work themselves to death with ridiculous workloads and deadlines. This practice is not just restricted to the Olympic construction. This is the basic practice right across the board. How wonderful! This is how you build a large economy. You make your workers work 200 hours overtime per month and pay them a pittance for their time. It used to be called slavery, but in Japan it's called, economics"

-Disillusioned-

This is one of the main reasons that my family and I do not live in Japan. We do visit for a couple of weeks every year and that's it.

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They should increase the gap between picking the country and when the olympics are held there. Then there would be more time and less rush.

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Why ??? am I not surprised ???.

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