That’s right. Currently there is a job offer for work inside the nuclear power plant of sunny Okuma, Fukushima, home to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor.
Now, before you tell me to go screw myself, they’re offering 30,000 to 50,000 yen (US$319-531) per day for three months. Let’s take a look at the offer in full.
Here is a translation of the job offer found on various Japanese recruitment sites.
Business Name: ŌsentekkuSo on one hand you can stand to rake in 2,250,000 yen (US$24,000) for three months honest work. On the other hand you have to spend that time at ground zero of one of the worst nuclear disasters in the history of mankind – while it’s still ongoing.
Subject: Job Opening
Job Type: Inside Nuclear Power Plant
Location: Okuma Town, Fukushima Prefecture
Comment: Daily 30,000 yen – 50,000 yen for work inside nuclear plants
■ Employment lasts three months
■ Currently this offer is for application only
■ We accept admissions at any time
■ Admission takes two weeks
■ This line of work requires manpower in miscellaneous works (such as
formwork, piping, earthwork) even trainee level experience is welcome
■ Expect up to two weeks until admission
■ Daily wage 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen
■ Accommodation is available for 500 yen a day (fixed, no food)
■ We will contact you as soon as a decision is made scheduled for mid-March
■ The workplace is in a high dosage area
■ Those who are serious about earning, please apply
■ Payroll reference: 25 days x 30,000 yen = 750,000 yen x 3 months
= 2,250,000 yen from which employment insurance is deducted.
■ Qualifications: Healthy person; mentally and physically strong, self-confident
person; must be able to take phone calls; does not belong to anti-social organizations
■ Applicants must be always reachable please, because if in an inquiry is made
an immediate response is needed.
■ Payment will be made by the end of the month after the last day by bank
transfer to the account provided
■ In your application please include: name, age, address, always reachable
number (mobile phone)
■ All applicants are welcome
When the recruitment ad hit the Internet at large, people had a lot to say questioning both what the actual take-home would turn out to be and who would value their life for that sum.
One netizen made the comment “this is black.” It’s a reasonable concern given the whole inflated-salary-for-Fukushima-work trick has been pulled before.
Also when searching for Ōsentekku online there was little to be found about the employer outside of this job posting. Perhaps this is a hoax hinted by the vague katakana pronunciation of “Authentic.”
There Japanese company called AuthenTEC was found but they seem to be a machine manufacturer unrelated to goings on at the Fukushima reactor.
Either way, if you happen to be in need of cash and have nothing to lose, it couldn’t hurt to apply. It just hurts a lot to get hired.
Source: Mushoku via Hamsoku (Japanese)