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Japan’s ‘nuclear gypsies’ – Working in radioactive peril by the hour

Reporting from Namie, Japan— Kazuo Okawas luckless career as a "nuclear gypsy" began one night at a poker game.

The year was 1992, and jobs were scarce in this farming town in the shadow of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. An unemployed Okawa gambled and drank a lot.

He was dealing cards when a stranger made him an offer: manage a crew of unskilled workers at the nearby plant. "Just gather a team of young guys and show up at the front gate; Ill tell you what to do," instructed the man, who Okawa later learned was a recruiter for a local job subcontracting firm.

Okawa didnt know the first thing about nuclear power, but he figured, what could go wrong?

Read the rest of the story: Japans nuclear gypsies face radioactive peril at power plants.