Via Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, the “Fukushima 50” is actually the Fukushima 700, and some of the workers are getting paid only 20,000 yen per day (about $236). This is sad. これはかなしです。
With few breaks, these men are working around the clock to keep the nuclear crisis, which was upgraded to the highest-level 7 yesterday, under control. From the article:
Their number was initially announced as 50. Because of that, foreign media labeled them the “Fukushima 50,” and the heroic tag stuck.
Today, the more accurate “Fukushima 700” at the plant are classified into such groups as “recovery,” “information,” “medical service” and “security.”
When the crisis began in mid-March, many workers stayed in the plant’s compound for more than 10 days in a row. At present, they are working in alternate shifts, taking two days off at a time.
To all the workers: thank you very much /どうもありがとうございます。