On April 18 this year, Asahi Shimbun reported that Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants scrap furnace operation was intended to receive foreign workers. Yahoo News of Japan
Foreign Workers with Specific Skills to be Received in Waste Furnace Operation
It is understood that in late March this year, TEPCO sent a surprising message to dozens of cooperative companies, including the general contractor, that it could receive foreign workers with specific skills qualified to stay in the waste furnace operation. The five specific skills designated by TEPCO include building cleaning and industrial machinery manufacturing, all of which can be used for waste furnace operation.
In addition, Tokyo Electric Power Company also sent instructions to companies: In those areas where radiation management objects need to wear radiation measuring instruments and carry out special education, companies must consider the Japanese competence level of these overseas workers in order to ensure that they can correctly understand the radiation dose to people at work. The influence of physical training and the safety instructions of the monitor and colleagues. In addition, companies must correctly understand the meaning of government decrees.
It is understood that there are now about 4,000 workers working in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant every day. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is basically a radiation management target area, and it is necessary to measure the amount of radiation emitted by each practitioner. The above-mentioned plan is mainly aimed at the latest Specific Skills No. 1 policy formulated by the Japanese government.
The content of the Japanese governments policy is in a specific industry area, with the corresponding knowledge, experience or skills, you can engage in related work in this field. In addition, there are also requirements for Japanese proficiency of foreign workers.
It is understood that in the next five years, the Japanese government is expected to receive up to 40,000 foreign workers in the field of construction, 90% of whom are transferred from the current skills interns. By the end of October 2018, there were about 46,000 foreign skill interns in the field of construction in Japan. Among them, the largest number is Vietnamese.
Japan did not communicate with Vietnamese Embassy in Japan beforehand
Vietnam has been sending skills trainees to Japan since 1980, the first-class Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan told Yahoo News. Vietnams Overseas Dispatch Act clearly stipulates that it is not allowed to be dispatched to places with high radiation levels. It also stipulates that `no place can be sent to war. When war broke out in Iraq, Iran, Libya and other countries, all our skills trainees were withdrawn. At that time, we withdrew 10,000 people from Libya. At the time of the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, all our skills trainees in Fukushima were transferred to Qunma County.
The first-class clerk also said: Vietnamese skills trainees who come to Japan are basically young people in their 20s. They all come to Japan to work for their families. For the sake of their future, health is the first priority. Please dont let them go to nuclear power plants to do waste-furnace-related work.
Nuclear-contaminated waste in Fukushima Prefecture. Yahoo News of Japan
According to the first-class clerk, the Japanese government did not communicate and negotiate with the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan until reports of foreign workers were acceptable for the waste furnace operation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. He said that he learned the news only through the reports of Asahi Shimbun and HNK. He then met with Sadako Sasaki, the head of Japans administrative department who was in and out of the country and stayed in Japan, and learned about the situation to her. He made it clear to Sasaki that he hoped that he would not send Vietnamese technical trainees to do waste furnace work.
Concealment of the truth and deduction of allowances for foreign workers
Previously, the media had exposed the use of foreign workers at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. For example, a 20-year-old Vietnamese young man originally went to a construction company in Shenggang City to study operation, disintegration and civil engineering of construction machinery, but eventually he worked in Junshan City, Fukushima County for more than a year and cleaned up pollution.
Later, the Vietnamese young man followed the rest of the company into areas with high radiation levels inside the nuclear power plant. One day, he was suddenly rewarded with 2,000 yen, and was later told that it was Dangerous Work Allowance. Until then, he didnt even know he was doing dangerous work.
After the incident was exposed, the company was punished by the Ministry of Justice of Japan as no more graduate students can be accepted within five years. Sasaki Shirong, Secretary-General of Japans Unified Labor Group, which supports foreign workers, said: The actual dangerous work allowance is 6,600 yen a day. The companys deduction of 4,000 yen from China is quite bad. And they have no record of radiation monitoring and management.
In addition to the Vietnamese young man, some other foreign graduate students were sent to Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to clean up the pollution. A construction-related company in Fukushima County was also sentenced to stop receiving graduates within three years for similar incidents.
Officials say it is necessary to carefully discuss the withdrawal plan of TEPCO.
On May 21, the above-mentioned policy of TEPCO was withdrawn urgently. According to media reports, a very important reason is that Japans Ministry of Health, Health and Labor has conveyed a need for careful discussion notice to Tepco.
Vietnamese voiced concern about Tokyo Electric Powers policy on social media. Yahoo News of Japan
However, this policy has aroused strong concern among Japanese and Vietnamese workers. A Japanese who has long been responsible for translating for Vietnamese workers translated the Tokyo Electric Power Policy into Vietnamese and posted it on his social media account. The first reaction of many Vietnamese workers is to ask, What should we do if we were taken to work there without knowing it?
In the social media, many Vietnamese expressed strong concern about possible exposure to radiation. Someone said, We work here and take the money back home. If we go to work at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, we wont make enough money for future medical expenses. Others said: Employers must fully tell workers in advance what kind of work they want to engage in, where to work, and what kind of impact they will have, and they must obtain workersconsent in advance.
It is understood that Japan has a special system to identify radiation-induced cancer as industrial injury. So far, a total of six workers who entered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for waste furnace operation have been identified as industrial injuries. But Vietnam has no relevant system. For Vietnamese workers working at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, if they suffer from cancer in the future, they also lack the basic labor welfare protection.
A Vietnamese worker said, What if we return home in the future? The treatment level of leukemia, lung cancer and other diseases in Vietnam is quite limited. If we suffer from cancer because we work at a nuclear power plant in Japan, I dont think we can do anything but wait to die.
Source: Red Star News Author: Luo Tians Responsible Editor: Xiao Qi_NN6799