Japan Media: “Things are going badly” — Fukushima “the same as war” says military officer in charge of forces at plant — Concern “workers on-site do not consent to join battle” — Crime skyrocketing, “people were held hostage” — Unprecedented ocean contamination and leaks are out of control

Friday, September 6, 2013
By Paul Martin

September 6th, 2013

Jiji Press, Sept. 6, 2013: Crime up among No. 1 plant staff […] In the first eight months of this year, 74 such workers were charged with crimes such as theft and fights resulting in injury. The figure is already close to three times the 2012 total of 26. The police reported only one such suspect in 2011 […] They were mostly suspected of theft […] or of harming others during brawls in their lodgings or bars. In one extreme case, people were held hostage as a result of a disagreement over hiring practices. […]

Mainichi, Sept. 2, 2013: Things are going badly. There’s radioactive water leaking, and it can’t be controlled. […] if the workers on-site do not consent to join battle, if they cannot muster the courage to keep up the fight, then we cannot expect real progress. At least, that’s the impression I got after talking with one of those workers […] I cannot write the worker’s name, or age, or job description here. But I can say that he is not an agitator […] he is a completely average employee [… “]we’re not getting any extra staff. The management says ‘do this’ and ‘do that,’ but I don’t think they really consider the workers’ radiation exposure doses at all. “Recently, some government minister came here (to the plant) and ran his mouth, right? When I see stuff like that, I think, ‘Gimme a break! What the hell do you know about anything?’” […] I’ve heard the officer in charge of the Self-Defense Forces efforts at the Fukushima plant describe the situation as being “the same as war.” […] The workers at the Fukushima plant deeply distrust those in Tokyo […] The waters next to the plant have been subject to unprecedented nuclear contamination […] After so much continuous failure, we must repair the damage done to Japan’s international reputation.

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