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Fukushima cleanup recruits ‘nuclear gypsies’ from across Japan via guardian.co.uk

Justin McCurry in Iwaki-Yumoto

guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 13 July 2011 19.42 BST

    Workers on the bus which will transfer them to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

    Workers on the bus which will transfer them to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

    The sun has only just risen in Iwaki-Yumoto when groups of men in white T-shirts and light blue cargo pants emerge blinking into the sunlight, swapping the comfort of their air-conditioned rooms for the fierce humidity of a Japanese summer.

    Four months on from the start of the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, this hot-spring resort in north-east Japan has been transformed into a dormitory for 2,000 men who have travelled from across the country to take part in the clean-up effort 30 miles away at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

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