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TEPCO eyes using foreign workers at crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant

Tokyo Electric Power employees still wear protective suits and masks near tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant plans to allow foreigners to work at the complex through a new visa program that started earlier this month to address Japan's acute labor shortage, company officials said Thursday.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. has told dozens of its subcontractors that foreigners coming to Japan under the recently adopted scheme may engage in the work of decommissioning the plant.

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