Fukushima Worker dies — Was it karoshi?

Tepco says no signs of harmful radiation levels

Worker at Fukushima nuclear plant dies

Kyodo

A worker at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant died Saturday after collapsing while carrying equipment at a waste disposal building, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

News photo
Water work: Cooling system gear is unloaded at the Fukushima No. 1 plant Friday. TEPCO / KYODO PHOTO

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but Tepco said no radioactive substances were detected on his body.

The worker, whose name was not released, was in his 60s and did not appear to be injured, the utility said.

The death is the third at the plant since the crisis began. The bodies of two workers who disappeared March 11 were found floating in the basement of reactor 4 later that month, having died from injuries sustained on the day of the disaster.

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Read more at http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110515a1.html

I expect to be doing a lot of posting, at least initially, on the March 11, earthquake and it’s aftermath.  This is a sad event, but I think it’s important to remember how much worse it could have been.

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About Tokyo Tengu

I'm a 55-year-old lovable fuzzball that enjoys spending time (when not working) reading and writing political commentary, enjoying good books, cooking, eating and bashing stupidity whenever and wherever I find it. (Not that I have to look very hard these days.) Despite being a long-term (25 years) resident of Tokyo, I am an unashamed and unabashedly Pro-Life American Conservative with an intense interest in the politics of the day -- in Japan, the United States and throughout Asia. My writings here and in other places focus primarily on how things are seen from Japan and around Asia, with special emphasis on Japanese national, political and defense issues, US Forces in Japan and Asia, and the burgeoning military power of China.
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