Fukushima 50

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The 70 or so workers who are trying to get the reactor cores and spent fuel storage pools at the Fukushima power plant under control have been celebrated worldwide for their courage in the face of potentially deadly radiation.

In yesterday's Guardian, however, reporter Suzanne Goldenberg revealed that at least one (disappointingly, Goldenberg writes her feature based on only one) of the "Fukushima 50" is not a highly trained nuclear engineer but rather, a local farmer hired to do construction work.


BiggerInJapan said...

you'll probably get a lot of hate for this, but you have a good point there. Lot of those F50's are subcons of subcons of subcons.

Roberto said...

I wish the Guardian writer had been able to identify more than the one she did, but it's an interesting situation (and perhaps explains why TEPCO has been so tightlipped on who the "Fukushima 50" are?

BiggerInJapan said...

I've seen a few mentions in the Japanese newspapers clearly saying 孫受け and 曾孫受け .

My wild guess is that those F50 (there are actually about 200 now) had to sign some kind of confidentiality clauses in exchange for "danger compensation" and "special guarantees". (That kind of agreements are fairly common in my industry as well).

Roberto said...

Easy to imagine they're getting some serious danger pay. [Though this being egalitarian Japan, it's a lot less, I'd bet, than it would be in other developed nations.]

And the confidentiality clause would be a no-brainer, I'd guess, especially given TEPCO's likely liability issues following the resolution of this crisis.

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