Remaining Behind to Care for Local Animals After the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Disaster

Naoto Matsumura, the incredibly brave and compassionate man who has been taking care of the local abandoned animals in Tomioka, Japan since the disaster at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plantin 2011(Fukushima, where i realised the project  “FUKUSHIMA IS MY NAME…IS YOUR NAME”),  is now the sole resident of the once-thriving coastal town of over 15,000 people. The stubborn construction worker and farmer refused to leave his home after the spill and told the Japanese Times why he was staying put.


He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.


Village officials came and urged him to evacuate before the no-go zone was set up but he said he has not seen them since. Residents who evacuated have been allowed to make temporary visits since May. Some of them have been kind enough to give him water, food and gasoline on their home visits, he says. …The nuclear power plant took away everything from me, my life and assets. Staying on here is my way of putting up a fight so that I won’t forget my anger and grief.


Donations can be made by check to help Naoto Matsumura care for his animals through one of two banks. The information for both banks is posted on his website.


The Toho Bank, Azumi branch, 644994 (Futsu), Ganbaru Fukushima 2. Japan Post Bank Company, Kigo-10270, Bango-10419771, Ganbaru Fukushima

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  • #1

    Gloria90 (venerdì, 27 marzo 2015 11:20)

    Ho letto che nella prefettura di Fukushima ad oggi si sono registrati 1500 suicidi dopo il disastro. Certo, non tutti possono e debbono essere legati direttamente alla tragedia nucleare però che triste!!!

  • #2

    Toshi (giovedì, 09 aprile 2015 22:11)

    He’s even helping to bring up the animals that are now being born within the exclusion zone.