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Tochigi firm warned for hiring high school student for decontamination work(Mainichi)

fukushimajyosen4untitledNASU, Tochigi — A construction company hired a high school student for work to decontaminate houses tainted with radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

The Nasu Municipal Government revealed on Dec. 25 that a construction firm in the town employed a male high school student from outside the town as a part-timer for decontamination work in possible violation of the Labor Standard Act. The law prohibits engaging those under 18 for work that exposes individuals to harmful radiation. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has ruled that the legal ban applies to decontamination work.

The municipal government gave a verbal warning to the president of the construction company, while reporting the incident to a local labor standards inspection office in November.

According to town officials, the company hired a second-year high school student in August last year and engaged him in work to transport gravel using a wheelbarrow at a residential decontamination site in the town for a total of 36 days until May this year.

The practice surfaced after the town received written tips in October this year. The president of the construction firm was quoted as telling town officials, “I was aware that he was a high school student, but didn’t think it could constitute a legal violation.”

The town has conducted decontamination work on residences at the cost of its own taxpayers’ money.

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