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Japan's desperate 'nuclear gypsies'
Rights groups say country's poorest people are being exploited to repair Fukushima plant.
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 20:28

Economic downturn has forced many of Japan's poorest people to work at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, risking exposure to dangerous levels of radiation.

The growing number of so-called nuclear gypsies, who come from across the country, are working to repair the reactor crippled by the March 11 tsunami.

It is a job with severe health risks that most are not willing to brave.

Labour rights groups have complained to authorities about the lack of protection for the workers - who are not guaranteed training or health insurance.

Step Vaessen reports from Osaka.

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Al Jazeera
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