TOKYO, June 4 (UPI) -- Toshiba Corp., a conglomerate based in Tokyo, said Wednesday eight workers younger than 18 were unlawfully hired to inspect three nuclear power plants.
Toshiba officials said a subcontractor hired the teens for frequent surveys of three nuclear facilities, and six of the young workers spent time in restricted locations at risk of radiation exposure.
Toshiba claims people involved in hiring the teens may have used phony paperwork to get permits for them to be in restricted areas of the buildings run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Tohoku Electric Power Co.
Labor ministry officials and power companies were made aware of the situation, Kyodo News Agency reported Wednesday.
The six teens who were working in restricted locations allegedly transported materials at the No. 1 Fukushima power plant operated by Tokyo Electric and Tohoku Electric's facilities in Miyagi and Aomori prefectures.