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Better conditions for workers?

April  4, 2014

TEPCO's new firm eyes better working conditions



The head of a new body to decommission the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has expressed his resolve to improve the working environment at the plant. He hopes this will facilitate its mission.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, launched the "Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company" on April 1st.

Naohiro Masuda, who leads the new entity, spoke to reporters on Friday.

He said he is very sorry that residents from municipalities near the Daiichi plant are still living in shelters and temporary housing 3 years after the nuclear accident.

The chief decommissioning official said he understands the worries of workers. One main concern is that they cannot work at the plant after their exposure to radiation has reached a certain level.

To ease these worries, Masuda said the company will consider ways to outsource work more systematically so that the workers can be assigned to low-radiation jobs and stay at the plant longer.

He added that the company will hold on-site media conferences more frequently to provide information about the decommissioning process, which is necessary for people in Japan and around the world.

Apr. 4, 2014 - Updated 12:55 UTC


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