The terrible damage that was left behind from the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been widely reported in the media and we know all too well the extent of the tragic human suffering involved, but there is another population that still lives amongst the radioactive wasteland, the animals that have been left behind.
Most people have forgotten about or never even considered the animals living within the radioactive exclusion zone, but not 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a construction worker who lives with the domesticated pets and farm animals that survived the disaster. Matsumura works within the exclusion zone, feeding and taking care of the animals left behind in the rush to evacuate. Despite the risks from radiation Matsumura “refuses to worry about it.”
Despite the risks to his health Naoto Matsumura chooses to live within Fukushima’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone.
Like everyone else, he fled at first, but then later returned to care for the animals that everyone had left behind.
Matsumura, who is 55, knows the risks of living within the radioactive exclusion zone however he “refuses to worry about it.”
He was told he would most likely get sick after 30 or 40 years, but believes he would have passed away by then so it won’t matter anyway.
He has freed many animals that were either chained up by their owners or locked in barns.
Despite his good work the government has forbidden him to stay however Matsumura won’t be stopped that easily.
He’s been living within the exclusion zone for more than 4 years now and is still going strong.
Many of the animals are dependant on him for food.
Matsumura relies on donations from supporters to allow him to continue helping the animals.