The Justice Ministry revealed Friday foreign trainees cleaning up radioactive contamination at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been complaining about having to work overtime to fight off cancer.

“Sasuga gaijin da,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono told reporters.

The issue came to light in March, when a gaijin trainee at an Iwate-based construction firm starting whinging that he had been assigned to take part in radioactive decontamination work without being given adequate explanation.

“If you are desperate for work, you don’t need an explanation,” said Kono.

According to the Tokyo-based Zentoitsu Workers Union, which represents gaijin, one of the foreign trainees was supposed to conduct decommissioning and public engineering work but was instead assigned to clean up contaminated areas in Fukushima, exposing him to radiation.

“It’s disgusting,” says Kono, “foreigners should be happy with any extra work, even if it’s fighting off a terminal disease.”

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