Fukushima Worker “Dangerous Work Done At Night”

Noriyuki Kitajima works at Fukushima Daiichi and is in New York City for the anniversary of the March disaster. His visit is part of a larger effort to show the high risk New York City is under from Indian Point nuclear plant. As was later learned in the disaster in Japan, evacuating a large city like Fukushima City was difficult and politically impossible. Evacuating Tokyo just wouldn’t be possible at all.

Kitajima talks about the risk to workers at the plant.

The most dangerous work is done at night, he said, after the main shifts are gone. A crew of 20 men is sent to pick up the irradiated rubble. Practically none of the men have families, much education or regular employment.

This is something we have heard in passing from other workers that there is a night shift of what are considered to be expendable workers.

Within a few months, they accumulate what is regarded as the maximum safe dosage of radiation for four years,

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