Working At Fukushima As National Duty?
31,383 workers have passed through the gates of Fukushima Daiichi between March 2011 and December 2013. TEPCO has complained of worker shortages already, a workforce will be needed for the next 40 years or more. Yet there has been a constant set of problems for workers and with the system that employs them.
TEPCO has taken superficial actions to try to improve worker morale by improving rest areas or some accommodations. The bigger problems remain ignored. As documented here, there is not enough mental health support. Many of the workers survived the tsunami or are themselves nuclear refugees. The lack of support has increased things like alcoholism that has then risked worker safety and health at the plant.
So where will all of these workers come from that are needed for decades? Narration towards the end of this video about the radioactive water problems at the plant frames the issue as being a national challenge that must be met. Then turns to a worker who can no longer work at the plant after reaching his exposure levels who again emphasizes the need for more workers. The subtle call that people should go work at the plant as part of a national effort plays on societal constructs yet the treatment of workers at the plant remains unchanged.
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