Due Consideration Sought for Use of Foreign Workers at Fukushima N-Plant


Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese labor minister Takumi Nemoto Tuesday called for careful consideration to the planned use of foreign workers at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The matter "requires extremely careful consideration" by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>, Nemoto told a press conference.

For decommissioning work at the nuclear plant, TEPCO is considering accepting foreign workers who come to Japan under the new resident status that the country introduced in April to address severe labor shortages.

The labor ministry instructed TEPCO to report the results of the consideration. The ministry said that a sufficient safety and health management system should be established in order to accept foreign workers for decommissioning work at the plant.

Specifically, the ministry said education for such workers should be provided in their mother language and that foreign language signage needs to be installed for them. TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was the site of a triple meltdown that occurred in March 2011.

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