Some Inner City Youth Go To Fukushima

Written by Keith Shirey

Monday, 17 March 2014

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in early 2014. That's rather high, but it's nothing compared to what black teens are grappling with: an unemployment rate that grew to 43.1 percent. Of course the rate is even worse for inner city black youth.

But now there's hope for a few of them. On U.S. Internet sites, mostly visited by black youth is the following ad:

"Out of work? Nowhere to go? Nothing to do? Food Stamps running out?," the online ad reads. "Come to Fukushima."

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant ad, placed by one of its contractors, is one of the starkest indications yet of an increasingly troubled search for workers willing to carry out the hazardous decommissioning at the site.

The problem is that experienced, although extremely low paid workers, have reached their legal radiation limits for a year. So the plant is willing to take on people with no knowledge of that they are doing.

"They just want me to clean radioactive mud off workers' boots. That doesn't sound too bad. So, I'm going to Fukushima," said Henry Smith, 23, of South Los Angeles.

When informed that the contractor who would bring him to work for Fukushima Daiichi probably, in turn, worked for Inagawa-kai, one of Japan's largest organized crime groups, or yakuza, Mr. Smith said:

"So? Since all the jobs left L.A, most everything in the 'hood is a criminal enterprise."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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