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The Japanese Mob Is Hiring Homeless People To Clean Up Fukushima 90

Daniel_Stuckey writes "Now, where do you find people willing to work in a fallout zone for minimum wage? According to a Reuters report, hidden within hundreds of contractors working on the cleanup effort are yakuza-controlled companies that pay headhunters to find homeless people willing to work inside the fallout zone. The sheer scale of the cleanup effort is staggering. While decontaminating the Fukushima plant itself will cost tens of billions and take years, there are also the surrounding areas in Fukushima prefecture, where cleanup costs are expected to top $30 billion. With Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), the owner of the Fukushima plant, essentially nationalized at this point, Reuters reports that there's some $35 billion in taxpayer funds on the table for contractors."
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The Japanese Mob Is Hiring Homeless People To Clean Up Fukushima

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  • subcontractors? (Score:1, Flamebait)

    by clovis ( 4684 ) *

    Would they be interested in H-1B workers here in the US being sub-contracted to work at Fukushima?

    • Would they be interested in H-1B workers here in the US being sub-contracted to work at Fukushima?

      Quite possibly,'re going to have to have very precisely written, step-by-step instructions on what exactly you want to do!!

      Don't leave anything to them using "imagination" or coming up with a unique solution, otherwise, your going to just spend more money having natives come in and re-do everything correctly.

    • Would they be interested in H-1B workers here in the US being sub-contracted to work at Fukushima?

      You may like to snide at those who work under the H-1B visa as "illegals", but at the very least, they do not work for the mobs, unlike what is happening right now in Japan, the land of the Yakuza !

  • And what pray tell will the Yakuza do with the radioactive waste?

  • by Austrian Anarchy ( 3010653 ) on Monday December 30, 2013 @06:53PM (#45823069) Homepage Journal
    Government contracts, with government oversight right?
    • Re:Of course (Score:5, Informative)

      by the eric conspiracy ( 20178 ) on Monday December 30, 2013 @07:01PM (#45823145)

      "Members of Japanese organized crime were arrested three times this year "on charges of infiltrating construction giant Obayashi Corp's network of decontamination subcontractors and illegally sending workers to the government-funded project," which in some cases were homeless people hired by recruiters paid bounties on each minimum-wage worker they could sign up."


      These are subcontractors hired by Obayashi Construction Corp.

      It's taxpayer money, but a private contract and private oversight.

    • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 30, 2013 @07:05PM (#45823169)

      Private exploiters, with private profit.

      Socialize the expenses, privatize the revenue.

    • Private sector doing something about homelessness in the long term. I bet Michele Bachmann is positively moist at the prospects for this sort of entrepreneurship in America
      • In America, we don't want our homeless working. We want them dependent and we want them voting. Jobs...for homeless....HOW HORRID!
        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          People with rich parents don't take the shitty, dangerous jobs. That's why meritocracy is an illusion. Only spoilt brats who don't want to be reminded that they are spoilt brats believe it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I only dislike it. What I hate is the random redirections to it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm sure the Japanse military could make them an offer they
    couldn't refuse ...

  • by mbone ( 558574 ) on Monday December 30, 2013 @07:13PM (#45823243)

    From the evidence to date, I think that the management of TEPCO would be improved by replacing every C level executive with a homeless person. It could hardly get worse.

    • what about some BIG PRISON time for all bribes

    • Why stop there? Take it all the way to the top! If they choose people with a general resemblance, they could leave the country and it could buy them weeks. "They've been spotting entering and exiting the meeting room, but nobody has been able to get through on the telephone"

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The only reason this story, is a story, is that many Westerners do not understand the role of one's work in Japanese culture. Despite the criminal activity of their employers, many of these homeless people must feel some level of satisfaction from having something to do other than beg in a culture that most definitely despises begging of any type. To the Japanese, having something productive to do - kameseru - is as important as breathing.

    If the emphasis of this story is that the mob is involved, so be it

    • To the Japanese, having something productive to do - kameseru - is as important as breathing.

      THANK YOU for adding some interesting vox punctus contra punctum to the steady throb of exploitation exposé. Appreciation of pure kameseru does exist in Western cultures as well, though we try to balance it with a certain measure of laziness that varies with the individual.

      Disaster cleanup is noble work what ever the hazards, compensation or conditions.

      Here's hoping that with the intense scrutiny that this operation is under, the loosened purse-strings towards refugees (see the October 30 entry []) and

  • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Monday December 30, 2013 @09:23PM (#45824465)
    There was an SF TV series that had something almost exactly like this as the plot.
    • by Bevilr ( 1258638 )
      Life emulating anime? Now I'm just waiting for the wine bank break in.
      • by dbIII ( 701233 )
        Now that was the boss's shining moment of awesome. Going from hostage to completely in charge.
    • I think it was referred to as the 'Japanese Miracle', they were radiation scrubbers, or something like that. Put me down for a couple of tachikomas and a few fan-service shots of Major Motoko Kusanagi's exemplary bod. She's a lithium flower...I'm smelling lithium now...she's so huuuuumannnnn
      • by dbIII ( 701233 )
        I specificly mean the episode where some homeless migrants are working on radioactive reactor bits despite whatever the "Japanese miracle" of fixing radiation is supposed to be. Some time back and there have been some awesome movies in the setting since then.
        • The Japanese miracle was nano-bots that would scrub fallout that resulted from the use of nuclear weaponry but these nanobots had to be deployed prior to a blast to be useful. They're basically a deterrent for the use of nuclear weapons by making the radiation aspects of the weapons pointless.

    • The Wallman manga's last 3 or four episodes have been dealing with yakuza exploiting cleanup money in Fukushima also.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    At the turn of the 20th Century Sinclair Lewis wrote about working conditions and corruption in the Chicago stockyards. Since then the US has allowed 12 million undocumented immigrants to work for minimum real wages, often without benefits or protections for which 'we' have understaffed federal agencies that can't adequately monitor all the businesses that pump out seasonally harvested food crops, let alone mass produced crap like salmonella laden peanut butter. But for some reason, we have to focus on what

  • by Anonymous Coward
    the poor or uneducated people joining the army and fighting in the middle east?
  • I'm 46, probably done having kids, and more than willing to sign up for dangerous work, but NOT for any less than what I'm making now, plus enough to pay for adequate life insurance so that when I finally do die from butt cancer, or undergo spontaneous fission, my family will be properly provided for.

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein