The other day, I blogged about the more than 9 million black vinyl bags one square diameter in size that are being stacked up around Fukushima. The top three inches of top soil around the reactors in Fukushima has been stripped off and placed inside these black vinyl bags and then trucked to a location where they are being neatly stacked. Looking at the images of these more than 9 million black bags filled with contaminated top soil, can anyone imagine the required amount of man hours in labor required to do this amount of work? Or the number of laborers it has taken over the last four years since 2011 to fill these bags? Then transported and stacked in neat rows up to five meters high? The recent news reports that have appeared on the number of workers is alleged to be around 5,000. I don’t buy that low number and think the number is probably more around 50,000 to 100,00 workers. Many of these workers were recruited by Yakuza-linked companies because unknown to the laborers many who were homeless on the streets of Tokyo, were not informed of the US$100 (¥10,000) bonus that Japanese government paid per employee. This allowed these Yakuza-linked recruiting companies to skim off that bonus and keep it for themselves.
Of those laborers working at Fukushima, how many of these roughly 50,000 to 100,000 laborers involved with cleaning up the site at Fukushima have died and their deaths are not being reported only in so far as being reported as “deaths of homeless in Japan?” The figures are extremely hard to come by because if these deaths related to laborers at Fukushima were reported, it would prevent others from volunteering to work at the Fukushima nuclear site especially at a time when TEPCO is suffering from employee morale continuing to drop. There was a budget released of US$150 billion provided to clean up the Fukushima site so as anyone can imagine that amount of money attracted the Yakuza as to how they could profit. Over 700 different registered companies and at least 50 unregistered companies are involved in cleanup of radioactive debris left in the wake of the reactor 3 explosion. TEPCO sits on the top tier of hundreds of subcontractors and it is impossible to keep track of the labor pool TEPCO and the Japanese government will need over the next 30 to 40 years which is what it is estimated to take to clean up Fukushima. TEPCO will be required to maintain a minimum labor pool of 12,000 laborers which means TEPCO already has and will continue to cycle thousands of people through this process of cleanup. What we are trying to determine is how many of these laborers have died as a direct result of being subjected to nuclear radiation from working at cleanup at Fukushima and is not being reported in Japan?