Wednesday, March 27, 2013

TEPCO, compensate! Take responsibility for Fukushima! Protest against TEPCO – 2 years after nuclear disaster

TEPCO, compensate! Don’t evade responsibility! Many people protested the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, on March 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the earthquake and the nuclear disaster. They demanded that TEPCO compensate for victims of the disaster, take responsibility for workers at the plant exposed to radiation, clarify causes of the disaster, and not restart the Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant. NASUBI, a member of the Network on Radiation-Exposed Labor, expressed his anger, saying, “A thorough cost reduction by TEPCO that has continued since autumn in 2012 seriously affects subcontractor workers at the Fukushima Plant with their safety neglected, and their wages and workforce reduced. TEPCO is even taking advantage of decontamination work that is led by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment. Surprisingly, the decontamination work in Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture, is subcontracted to Oze Corporation, a 100% subsidiary of TEPCO, which has received kickbacks for hazard pay that is offered by the ministry for decontamination workers. This is the nature of this company. We never forgive it”. (M)



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