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Tepco workers face mental health crisis after cost cuts: counselor via The Japan Times

After toiling under hazardous conditions for 17 months to contain the crisis at Fukushima No. 1, the nuclear plant’s workers are full of stress and unable to get proper counseling due to lack of funding, a communications counselor warned Monday.
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Yabuhara said some of the workers are people who actually lost their families and homes in the March 11 disasters but have been unable to reconcile the conflicting mentalities of both victim and villain.

Meanwhile, despite the government’s claim that working conditions at the plant are improving, Yabuhara said they remain poor.

For instance, workers still sleep in temporary housing units with walls “as thin as a paper” that allow them to hear their coworkers sleeping next door, he said.

It is unclear why the utility would subject its workers to such poor conditions, given the dire task they face. But Yabuhara said cost-cutting might be to blame.

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