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Vietnamese claims he was tricked into cleanup work after Fukushima disaster

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  1. ChineseTiger1986

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    The trainee was employed to do engineering work, but was sent to a nuclear disaster zone, a Tokyo labor union said.

    Japan is investigating allegations made by a young Vietnamese man who claims he was tricked into doing decontamination work in areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, media reports said.

    The Japanese Justice Ministry told the Japan Times that it is looking into the case of the 24-year-old who worked for a construction firm and is claiming compensation from his employer, the paper said on Wednesday.

    The Tokyo-based Zentoitsu Workers Union, which is representing the man, said he was supposed to be assigned to public engineering work, but was instead moved to cleanup work in contaminated areas in Fukushima Prefecture, which exposed him to radiation, the report said.

    He arrived in Japan in September 2015 under the government’s foreign trainee program. His construction company sent him to Fukushima Prefecture more than 10 times to decontaminate residential areas between October 2015 and March 2016, the union said.

    He also worked on dismantling buildings in an exclusion zone in Fukushima before authorities lifted restrictions on the area due to high levels of radiation.

    The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was not informed he would be cleaning up areas contaminated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japan Times cited the union as saying.

    A major earthquake followed by a 15-meter tsunami disabled the power supply to three Fukushima Daiichi reactors on March 11, 2011, causing a nuclear accident with high radioactive releases that forced tens of thousands of people to flee from their homes. Only a small number of them have returned.

    Shiro Sasaki, general secretary of the union, told the paper that the man’s allegations suggest that he might have been deceived and brought to Japan to conduct cleanup work at the disaster zone.

    His employer might have abused the Labor Contract Act, Labor Standard Act and Industrial Safety and Health Act, he said.

    He said the man had received a monthly wage worth around $1,320, while Japanese workers conducting similar cleanup work earned nearly three times that.

    The man quit last November due to health concerns, and after the company ignored his requests for an explanation.

    The union is seeking compensation worth the payment he would have received if he had completed the rest of his three-year contract.

    In a Nikkei report on Tuesday, the company denied the man’s allegations, saying that he was assigned to duties that did not expose him to any health threats.

    The incident has sparked fury over Japan’s trainee program, which many said was designed to support foreign nationals in acquiring technical skills but has been exploited to make up for the shortage of unskilled workers in Japan.

    Japanese Minister for Reconstruction Masayoshi Yoshino said that “this is something outrageous and totally illegal."

    "If it’s proven true, legal action must be taken,” he told Xinhua on Wednesday.


    https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/v...up-work-after-fukushima-disaster-3720175.html
     
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    Absolutely disgraceful.
     
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    should export many vn brides to japan to do the cleanup work too
     
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    Don’t worry, viet will praise Japanese as gracious and the Vietnamese is honored to serve the imperial Japan. :enjoy:
     
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    Not every one is like @Viet on this forum. He is not a Vietnamese, even not one with proper Vietnamese blood, so do not generalize.
     
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    Ok I am not Vietnamese and you are a Chinese clown.
     
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    I have no problems with Viets and Chinese in their own countries.

    Please stop coming to the west. Thank you.
     
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    That is cruel. But why did he agree to do the work if he knew he would be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation?
     
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    To seek better opportunities in other countries.

    3rd world countries are 3rd world because their citizens would rather run away from their problems instead of fixing them.
     
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    The US was founded by the people who, "seek better opportunities in other countries." Don't you forget.
     
  11. Viet

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    He didn’t know as he claimed. Come on, his fate is of interest of Japan, from Japanese media to Japanese workers union to Japan government. One thing is certain: he will get justice.

    Imagine his fate happened in China. Nobody would report his case. Nobody would show interest. If the culprit is a PLA veteran in his previous life as soldier served in the war against Vietnam, aka the hero of the people republic of China, ok Chinese authority would throw the Vietnamese man immediately out of China.
     
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    It was founded by whites.

    When the founding fathers wrote "All men are equal", they weren't thinking about blacks, browns or yellows. They were thinking of whites, specifically Western Europeans.
     
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    and those white people were finding better opportunities in other country. Were they not?

    I don't know why you're trying to bring in race into this discussion regarding the "3rd world."

    For all I know, this topic is on Japan and Vietnam. Both are Asian nations.

    Clearly your reading comprehension needs some works.
     
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    Woo, just make a law to ban on Chinese and Vietnamese, very easy, you are democratic state, let you president do.
     
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    That's what native American Indians tried to tell Europeans.