Need a high paying job?

Fukushima Daiichi’s company Tepco is looking for workers. Check out this story unbelievable.

Workers inside the control room of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
{Photo by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency}

Few people would dare get anywhere near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, where men working under very difficult conditions endure dangerous levels of radiation.

Offers of salaries as high as 400,000 yen (about $4,850) per day have been made to find workers brave enough to do the job that nobody wants, according to an article in Tokyo Shimbun:

Dangerous conditions continue at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. There, repair work is a battle against radiation and time, and securing the services of workmen is an urgent business.

The subcontractor hired by TEPCO is summoning workers from various places in desperation. One of these workers has revealed the outrageous salary the company is willing to pay.

“We’ll pay you 400,000 yen a day, will you come?” Ryuta Fujita, a worker who has evacuated from Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture to the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Prefecture, received the message in his mobile phone from an old acquiantance, a maintenance worker at the nuclear plant.

The job site is Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

He knew at once the extreme danger that lies in wait for him with that kind of extreme pay. A friend who lays out power lines at the plant has told him, “I’m probably already exposed to too much radiation.”

His young son is only three and his 26-year-old wife is pregnant with a new baby. He refused the job without hesitation. “I heard 50-year-old men tempted by the high pay went back to the plant,” says Fujita. “But I’m still young and I’m scared of radiation. I don’t want to work at the nuclear plant anymore.”

On the other hand, a 41-year-old male employee of the subcontractor who was asked back to work at Fukushima Daiichi will return to Fukushima on April.

The man’s main job is to investigate, by using measuring instruments, whether the place is suitable for working. Judging from the present condition of the nuclear plant, that surely is the front line.

“It’s not that I get any special compensation and it’s probably dangerous work waiting for me there. However, I won’t be able to stay in the company if I refuse,” says the man, who thinks he is being half-forced to do the job.

Another 58-year-old man from Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture recalls getting a phone call from the father of an acquaintance who works at Fukushima Daiichi: “We’re looking for men over fifty who can go near the atomic reactor. We’ll pay you more than the usual, please come.”

“There are limits to the working time per person because of the high radiation levels so we rotate the workers frequently,” explains TEPCO about the working conditions at the site. “We are securing the services of a subcontractor to provide us with enough workers. Although we pay our subcontractor the operational expenses based on agreement, we cannot comment on individual salaries.”

At the bottom of this story was a poll that asked the question, “Would you work at Fukushima for ¥400,000 per day?”

I answered no and then got a shock when I say the present result of the poll!

I guess a lot of people are really needing the cash.

I have been making a lot of posts about this Fukushima Daiichi disaster lately and as you may have guessed I am rather Anti-Nuclear power in my views right now. This does not mean I don’t support the people who are working down there right now. I am totally backing them and every night I say a little prayer for those guys down there.

I am very against the system and the upper echelon that has created this madness. I am against a Government that recklessly approved the building of Nuclear Reactors in the most seismically active country in the world. I am against the IAEA, who’s present chairman is a Japanese national Amano Yukio. I guess they are so busy promoting the peaceful use of Nuclear Power that they never had a chance to think about Earthquake safety issues in Japan.

From Wikipedia

The IAEA and its former Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded on October 7, 2005

You have got to be kidding me! Of course they gave a Peace Prize to Obama and all he did was say “Change”. Man we are living in a screwed up world.


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