A weird video from CNN: the reporter goes to TEPCO building in Tokyo and tries to interview, on camera, TEPCO employees on the matter of growing public anger against the company, but, oddly, none of them seem to want to be interviewed. The reporter then provides some facts and figures that show exactly why the TEPCO employees are perfectly justified in their reluctance and anger, and why the CNN reporter should not be airing any film! There have been death-threats against TEPCO employees posted on numerous Japanese blogs and chat-sites, and TEPCO executives’ home addresses and salaries have been also publicly posted. To this pile of kindling add 40,000 complaints a day being received by TEPCO and you have a pretty serious threat to life and property.
But the public has a right to know! And CNN reporters have a right to tell them, even if it means increasing the risk and threat to TEPCO employees. After all, TEPCO are the villains in this piece, arent’ they? And everyone knows, villains are not real people.
Thick-skinned to the last, the CNN reporter finishes with this: “The Tokyo polic officer says we can’t air any of this tape, even though we’re on a public street and not in any violation of the law.”
She’s right. Technically. Which part of “death-threats” (to TEPCO employees) does she not understand?
The final shot is of an angry TEPCO (I presume) employee shutting the door on the CNN reporter and her crew. My sympathy is with the TEPCO guy in this case. I’m not sure I would have been as polite.
These guys are heroes. As of course are the ones not necessarily doing the actual work but racking their brains for seat-of-the-pants solutions to multiple problems (whether these problems could or should have been foreseen must wait until the crisis is over before being decided). Until now, I haven’t linked to any CNN article, as there were none that were worth linking to. This is an exception, because there are so few articles on this subject (these guys are incommunicado). No doubt there’ll be a movie made about them.
They sleep anywhere they can find open space — in conference rooms, corridors, even stairwells. They have one blanket, no pillows and a leaded mat intended to keep radiation at bay.
They eat only two meals each day — a carefully rationed breakfast of 30 crackers and vegetable juice and for dinner, a ready-to-eat meal or something out of a can.They clean themselves with wet wipes, since the supply of fresh water is short.
These are the grueling living conditions for the workers inside Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. They’ve been hailed as heroes risking their lives by braving high levels of radiation as they work to avert a nuclear meltdown.
But until now, the outside world has known little about the workers’ routine.