English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Monju Bosatsu – Septemter 12, 2012 –
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Says “Because Stricken Reactors at Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant Reached a State of Quasi-Cold Shutdown, Workers Exposed to Radiation Exceeding the Dose Limit Are Not Cared For”
It is said that the Ministry has stopped providing the subsidies for examination to workers at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant who have been exposed to radiation beyond the dose limit, based on the reasoning that the stricken nuclear reactors at Fukushima No. 1 plant has reached a state of quasi-cold shutdown and has been back to the normal state and the plant should be treated in the same way as other nuclear power plants where no accidents have happened.
Work of the Devil
(an excerpt from the NHK news article)
‘Difference” in health support among nuclear power plant workers
September 12, 2012: 1910
It has been found that the subsidy system for examinations shall not apply to subcontract workers exposed to radiation at the TEPCO Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident even if they have been exposed to radiation beyond the dose limit anew, after the declaration of quasi-cold shutdown state of reactors made by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare last December.
Experts point out that “As workers are working under the condition of still high dose, the government should keep giving careful support to them.
After the accident, the Ministry designated the work at the plant for restoration from accident as “emergency work” because workers were likely to be exposed to high dose of radiation at the worksite.
As a result, the Ministry called for the employer to have workers examined for cataract in case of cumulative exposure dose exceeding 50 mSv and for cancer in case of cumulative exposure dose exceeding 100 mSv, respectively. It also established the system in which the government subsidizes examination costs to smaller subcontractors.
However, as the government declared the quasi-cold shutdown state of the reactors last December, the Ministry cancelled the designation of “emergency work” and decided to subsidize only workers who had already been exposed to radiation exceeding the dose limit at that time.
In line with the decision , those exposed to radiation exceeding the dose limit can continue to get subsidy for regular examinations, but those who started working immediately after the accident and were found to be exposed to radiation exceeding the dose limit after the declaration or those who joined the work anew after the declaration are exempt from the subsidy system.
Workers are just disposable pieces.