There is a man who lives in the 12.5-mile exclusion zone in Fukushima. Naoto Matsumura is a former construction worker who lives within the exclusion zone in order to care for the animals that have been left behind.
Ranging from dogs and cats to cows and ostriches, Matsumura has his hands full. He relies solely on donations to survive. And even though the government has ordered him to leave many times, he remains.
He and the animals are exposed to radiation on a daily basis but as long as the animals remain, so will Matsumura.
He refuses to worry about radiation poisoning as the 55-year-old says it will take 30 or more years to affect him, and by then he’ll be dead anyway. For now, his only protection against radiation poisoning is to solely eat food imported into the zone.
He’s helped to free cows trapped in barns and dogs chained up. He originally came back tot he zone to help his animals but ended up stayed to save all the other animals that remained.
You can donate to efforts on his Facebook page Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals.
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