Japan Affairs

Contractors Seek Out Homeless, Downtrodden for Fukushima Cleanup

With few willing to risk exposure to radiation, staffing agencies are exploiting unskilled laborers from across Japan.

By J.T. Quigley and Zachary Ruzbasan for
Contractors Seek Out Homeless, Downtrodden for Fukushima Cleanup
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Assistant editor J.T. Quigley is joined this week by The Diplomat’s new editorial assistant in Tokyo, Zachary Ruzbasan, as the two discuss the unskilled and under-trained manual laborers tasked with sensitive cleanup at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Sony’s identity crisis and the effort to bring multi-language signage to the greater Tokyo area ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

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