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2,159 foreigners worked at Japan’s nuclear plants from FY2011 to FY2015

The number of foreign nationals who worked at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and other nuclear facilities in Japan during the five years from fiscal 2011 to 2015 totaled 2,159, according to data released by the Radiation Effects Association (REA). REA is a Japanese public entity which keeps track of the radiation exposure of workers at nuclear plants across the nation.


However, the data does not include those who engaged in work to bring the situation under control during the first 10 or so months after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.


The REA also said it has no data on the breakdown of the workers’ residence status, such as permanent residents and technical intern trainees from overseas. Nuclear power plant operators said they do not have such data either. (Abridged)

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