QUATAR | Japan’s desperate ‘nuclear gypsies’

Posted on June 30, 2011

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QUATAR | AL JAZEERA | 30 June 2011

With the current economic downturn, many of Japan’s poorest are so desperate for work that they are risking exposure to dangerous levels of radiation at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

The growing number of so-called nuclear gypsies, who come from across the country, are working to repair the reactor crippled by the March 11 tsunami in the northern city of Osaka. Its a job with severe health risks that most are not willing to brave.

Labour rights groups have complained to authorities about the lack of protection for the workers – who are not guaranteed training or health insurance.

 

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