One words often surfaces when describing Japanese culture: duty. A recent Guardian report refers to a shared sense of duty to explain why the migrant workforce helping to clean up the Fukushima disaster risks death daily. "Nuclear gypsy" is the term they mention to describe the men who travel hundreds of miles to work in radioactive conditions. But in the cash-strapped country, there's another, modern world incentive in addition: money.
Reporting from the Fukushima prefecture in Japan, The Guardian's Justin McCurry describes the lives of nuclear gypsies as dangerous and exhausting, but lucrative. One worker mentioned, a former truck driver named Ariyoshi Rune, reports earning about $150 a day, hardly a fortune but roughly double the average minimum wage in Japan. The living conditions around the Fukushima-Daiichi plants sound like they've stabilized considerably since the earthquake but the nuclear gypsies worry locals. "The presence of so many contractors, and the sheer number of men, has led to fears that not all are observing health and safety regulations," McCurry Reports. "One restaurateur complained of workers returning in the evenings still wearing their uniforms, even down to the boots they wear inside the plant's grounds."