News: Endless fight for nothing

The German TV report is focusing on an interview of three Fukushima sub-contractor workers who wanted to stay anonymous.

The Working contracts:

During the report the working contracts are checked. They include a restriction not to talk with journalists. If a worker wants hazard payment he have to sign a document in which he agrees to refrain from claims against the company, when he will become ill.

Lack of information:

The workers then are reporting about the lack of information they recieve from their company. So they are neither told about the exact location of the hot spots nor are those hot spots marked or restricted.

Bad Equipment:

One worker reports about his equipment. His dosimeter is only showing radiation in microsievert, so when he moves closer to the reactor 1 he get an “Error” message, because the radiation is too high to be displayed in microsievert.

Interview with a radiologist:

In an interview with a radiologist he believes that in most cases only the external exposure of the workers are reported, but not the incorporation from air, food etc.

Additionaly the doctor said the report about the deadly “10 Sievert” zone must be taken carefully, because from his opinion its more about the radiation is “at least” 10 Sieverts, because higher radiation can’t be displayed. The real amount of radioation may be even higher.

So in future the children and next generations may have health problems, mutations etc.

TEPCOs medical point of view:

The doctor is working for the prefecture fukushima, and he said “there is no risk below 100 MICROsievert per hour”. Quote: “People who smile will not become ill, only people who are worrying will”

Fears of the workers:

One of the workers confesses, that he is scared to becoming ill, because of income problems of his famiily which may occur. He is also concerend about the health of children

Asking TEPCO for responsibility:

Confronted with the facts the TEPCO official says that the company is not resposible for the working contracts of sub-contractors.

Asked if TEPCO do not feel any responsibility, the answer is “I don’t know the contracts, so no comment”.

PS: The parts about payment and health are including the numbers of loan and hazard pay in Euro, as well as a comparison between TEPCOS “safe” radiation limit with the German one. Didn’t know if this numbers are relevant, so I left it out. Feel free to ask for them.

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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


October 2011