By Prof Michel Chossudovsky: Fukushima Fraud and Corruption: Japanese Organized Crime

Involved in Recruitment of "Specialized Personnel". What prevails is a well organized camouflage. The public health disaster in Japan, the contamination of water, agricultural land and the food chain, not to mention the broader economic and social implications, have neither been fully acknowledged nor addressed in a comprehensive and meaningful fashion by the Japanese authorities. The crisis in Japan has been described as "a nuclear war without a war". In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami: This time no one dropped a bomb on us. We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives." Several Global Research reports and background articles have outlined the dangers of Worldwide radiation resulting from the Fukushima disaster. This disaster is now being sustained and aggravated by the incompetence of TEPCO as well as political camouflage by the incompetence of TEPCO as well as political camouflage by the Abe government. Fukushima and the Yakuza: There is another dimension: The coordination of the multibillion dollar Fukushima decontamination operation relies on Japan's organized crime, the Yakusa, which is actively involved in the recruitment of "specialized" personnel for dangerous tasks. "The complexity of Fukushima contracts and the shortage of workers have played into the hands of the yakuza, Japan's organized crime syndicates, which have run labor rackets
for generations." (Reuters, October 25, 2013) The Yakuza labor practices at Fukushima are based on a corrupt system of subcontracting, which does not favor the hiring of competent specialized personnel. It creates an environment of fraud and incompetence, which in the case of Fukushima could have devastating consequences. The subcontracting with organized crime syndicates is a means for major corporations involved in the clean-up to significantly reduce their labor costs. This role of Japanese organized crime also pertains to the removal of the fuel rods from Reactor no. 4. As documented in several GR articles, this undertaking, if mishandled, by careless workers under the lax supervision of corrupt subcontractors linked to the Yakusa creates an environment which could potentially lead to a massive radioactive fallout: An operation with potentially "apocalyptic" consequences is expected to begin in a little over two weeks from now, "as early as November 8" at Fukushima's damaged and sinking Reactor 4, when plant operator TEPCO will attempt to remove over 1300 spent fuel rods holding the radiation equivalent of 1300 spent fuel rods holding the radiation equivalent of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs from a spent fuel storage tank perched on the reactor's upper floor. While the Reactor 4 building itself did not suffer a meltdown, it did suffer a hydrogen explosion, is now tipping and sinking and has zero ability to withstand another seismic event. To remove the rods, TEPCO has erected a 273-ton mobile crane above the building that will be operated remotely from a separate room. A recent Reuters report documents in detail the role of Japan's Yakuza and its insidious relationship to both TEPCO as well as agencies of the Japanese government including the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare:

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