Yakuza may have forced debtors to work on Fukushima cleanup

More details have emerged from the Japanese journalist who went undercover, working at the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex. Agence France-Presse reported:

A Japanese journalist who worked at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant this summer claimed Thursday that Japan’s yakuza crime syndicates were involved in supplying clean-up crews.

“Roughly ten percent of plant workers there were brought in through the mediation of the yakuza,” said Tomohiko Suzuki, 45, who has written a book based on his experience at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

“The yakuza are very much involved in this industry but they are not involved as people working on site,” Suzuki told reporters. “They are in charge of collecting people, finding people and dispatching workers to the site.”

Suzuki says yakuza groups have long sent debtors to nuclear power plants as workers as a way of paying off loans made at sky-high rates, adding the practice “will continue to occur”.

Here’s a link: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/mob-involved-fukushima-clean-japan-reporter-191356856.html

 

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