Fukushima disaster, more expensive than estimated

This video says about itself:

Atomic mafia: Yakuza cleaning up Fukushima

4 December 2013

Homeless men employed to clean up the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, including those brought in by Japan’s yakuza gangsters, were not aware of the health risks they were taking and say their bosses treated them like “disposable people.”

An investigative journalist who went undercover at Fukushima, filming with a camera hidden in his watch, says that many of the workers were brought into the nuclear plant by Japan’s organized crime syndicate. Because the Japanese government has been reluctant to invite multinational workers into the country, its nuclear industry mostly uses cheap domestic labor.

These so-called “nuclear gypsies” – are homeless men from the Sanya neighborhood of Tokyo and Kamagasaki. “Working conditions in the nuclear industry have always been bad,” the deputy director of Osaka’s Hannan Chuo Hospital, Saburo Murata, told Reuters. “Problems with money, outsourced recruitment, lack of proper health insurance — these have existed for decades.” The problem is that after Japan’s parliament approved a bill to fund decontamination work in August 2011, the law did not apply existing rules regulating the profitable construction industry.

Therefore, contractors engaged in decontamination, were not required to share information on their management, so anyone could instantly become a nuclear contractor.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Fukushima clean-up bill doubles to near 150bn

Saturday 10th December 2016

THE estimated cost of cleaning up Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen (£150 billion) and decommissioning expenses are expected to keep on rising, a government panel said yesterday.

The figure increases the decommissioning part of the total from 2tn (£14bn) to 8tn yen (£55bn) due to surging labour and construction expenses.

Panel officials said the numbers could still grow as experts learn more about the damage to the reactors and determine fuel removal methods.

The costs of compensation, decontamination of the area and waste storage are also up significantly.

A massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused the plant to suffer multiple meltdowns. Officials say its decommissioning will take several decades.

Panel chair Kunio Ito, a Hitotsubashi University professor of commerce, said it was inevitable that plant operator Tepco would pass some of the costs on to customers.

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