Bags containing waste materials generated during decontamination works in the northeastern Japan town of Tomioka, adjacent to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo Bags containing waste materials generated during decontamination works in the northeastern Japan town of Tomioka, adjacent to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo
Bags containing waste materials generated during decontamination works in the northeastern Japan town of Tomioka, adjacent to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo

Job for the desperate: How Fukushima clean-up workers form bottom of caste-like subcontractor system

Coming from across Japan to do a dirty, risky and undesirable job, the workers make up the very bottom of the nation’s murky, clean-up campaign, and are shunned by residents

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Bags containing waste materials generated during decontamination works in the northeastern Japan town of Tomioka, adjacent to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo Bags containing waste materials generated during decontamination works in the northeastern Japan town of Tomioka, adjacent to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo
Bags containing waste materials generated during decontamination works in the northeastern Japan town of Tomioka, adjacent to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo
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