Crooked Cleanup

Government secretly backtracks on Fukushima decontamination goal
Workers are engaged in decontamination efforts in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 7, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the government facing difficulty in finding disposal sites, municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture are being unofficially notified that the goal for completion of...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Yakuza taking slice of lucrative decontamination...
Workers clean up a community in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 2. The workers are not related to this article. (Tamiyuki Kihara)
Criminal organizations are engaging in fraudulent practices amid a labor shortage and lax background checks by employers to pocket some of the trillions of yen from publicly...
Fukushima cleanup contractors told workers to lie about pay in...
This document, distributed by Maeda Corp. ahead of a "surprise" inspection by the labor ministry on Nov. 15, 2012, warns that radioactive cleanup workers would be asked if they were receiving hazard pay. (Miki Aoki)
Contractors were tipped off about “surprise” inspections of decontamination work around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, giving them time to order workers to lie about ...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Workers break silence to allege boss ordered...
Workers allege that a supervisor ordered corners to be cut during decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture. The men were speaking at a news conference at the Diet on Feb. 28. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Three laborers involved in radioactive cleanup around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have alleged that a supervisor told them to dump debris in a river without regard for...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Government confirms 5 cases of shoddy...
A worker, right, is seen using pressurized sprays in cleaning up the roof of a private house in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture in a video taken by The Asahi Shimbun on Dec. 17, 2012. A general contractor commissioned the decontamination work had reported the workers cleaned up only the veranda of the private house. (Miki Aoki)
The Environment Ministry on Jan. 18 said that there have been five cases of shoddy decontamination work around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and has punished ...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Photos, videos show contractors lied in...
The Asahi Shimbun
Photos and videos taken by The Asahi Shimbun show that general contractors lied in their reports about shoddy decontamination work around the Fukushima nuclear plant.
CROOKED CLEANUP: Ministry to investigate after companies admit...
Shinji Inoue, senior vice environment minister, right, views a decontamination site in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 9. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Environment Ministry decided to conduct its own investigation into the shoddy decontamination work around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, unsatisfied with the probes...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Decontamination workers say cutting corners came...
Part of the e-mail sent in by a 50-year-old decontamination worker (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
The slipshod organization of the mammoth decontamination program around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant created an environment where cutting corners came naturally and...
EDITORIAL: More data needed to make decontamination work effective
Decontamination work is in progress in areas affected by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, but cases have been uncovered of workers dumping...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Ministry questions decontamination contractors;...
Workers wipe away radioactive materials at a home in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 7. (Miki Aoki)
FUKUSHIMA--Workers in Fukushima Prefecture appeared tense on Jan. 7 as they kicked off this year’s decontamination mission under increased scrutiny and the threat of...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Government to investigate Fukushima...
Crews clean a road in preparatory work for full-scale decontamination in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, in March 2012. (Provided by the Environment Ministry)
The government will investigate decontamination work around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant following reports that potentially radioactive debris has been dumped into the...
CROOKED CLEANUP: Government mishandled complaints about shoddy...
Workers dump collected debris, such as vegetation and stones, into a river in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 11. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Environment Ministry officials failed to act on a flood of complaints from residents in Fukushima Prefecture about companies carrying out shoddy decontamination work.
CROOKED CLEANUP (1): Radioactive waste dumped into rivers during...
The Asahi Shimbun
Cleanup crews in Fukushima Prefecture have dumped soil and leaves contaminated with radioactive fallout into rivers. Water sprayed on contaminated buildings has been allowed to ...
CROOKED CLEANUP (2): Some decontamination workers sorry for...
Fallen leaves and debris gather along a slope by a road in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Miki Aoki)
A man in his 20s questioned the shady practices involved in decontaminating areas in Fukushima Prefecture, only to be assured that everything was OK.
CROOKED CLEANUP (3): Reporters document extent of shoddy...
Two workers wash off dirt from their rubber boots and rakes after decontamination work in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. (Tamiyuki Kihara)
To discover the extent of shoddy decontamination practices, Asahi Shimbun reporters spent 130 hours observing, photographing and interviewing workers at various locations in...
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