Dosimeter readings are crucial personal records that determine how much longer a worker can stay on a plant job.
Work at highly contaminated areas could quickly eat up a worker’s quota.
The issue reflects a growing concern among the government and TEPCO about how to secure a continuous flow of workers to finish cleaning up the plant.
Sex workers argue that there should be a dialogue between the government and themselves, to try and unravel the issue of de criminalizing the trade.
Officials say it will take about 40 years to decommission the plant’s four wrecked reactors — three with melted cores and another with a spent fuel pool in a shattered building.
Japanese labor officials said Sunday, July 22, 2012 that they are investigating subcontractors on suspicion they forced workers at the tsunami hit nuclear plant to underreport their dosimeter readings so they could stay on the job longer.
Health and Labor Ministry officials repeatedly issued warnings to TEPCO during the first few months of the crisis about the company’s lax oversight of workers’ exposures.
Officials have also said TEPCO had several workers share a dosimeter not just early in the crisis when the equipment was in short supply due to tsunami damage, but even after a full stock had been regained.
Takashi Wada, president of Fukushima based subcontractor Build Up, acknowledged this weekend that the dosimeter falsification had taken place.
He said a supervisor of the group of nine workers came up with the idea when his dosimeter alarm went off during his short preview visit to the area where the workers were assigned.
“We should have never done that,” Wada told an interview with TBS network broadcast Saturday.
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