Kazuma Obara is a 26-year-old photo-jouralist who went inside Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in August last year. His work has been featured in foreign media including UK's Guardian.
He's holding an exhibition in Osaka right now, on the one-year anniversary of the nuclear accident.
In the video clip below from "Super News Anchor" on March 12, 2012 by Kansai TV, Obara goes to Kawauchi-mura (past 4:50) to speaks with people at a small construction company whose employees are currently working at the plant, laying pipes for the contaminated water. The construction company is located in Kawauchi-mura, within the 30-kilometer radius from the plant. Part of the village is within the 20 kilometer no-entry zone, but that designation will be lifted as early as April.
They say they are doing it for money to feed their families, as all public works have dried up. It doesn't matter. As Obara says, without these people working at Fuku I, whether they do it for money or whether they have to do it to repay the debt, even the semblance of normal life in much of Japan wouldn't be possible.
There are teen-age workers at the plant.
The video is in Japanese, but I post here so that you can look at the faces of Fuku-I workers.
The title of the video says, "Somebody has to do it... True faces of Fukushima I Nuke Plant workers".
Obara's website is here.
Screen shots from the video:
"Why didn't I come here sooner?" he regrets.