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The last man of Fukushima: How one man stayed to feed the abandoned animals

March 20, 2015
The last man of Fukushima: How one man stayed to feed the abandoned animals
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)

It is a job that few would dare to do, but to farmer Naoto Matsumura it came naturally.

He decided after the devastating tsunami in Japan in March 2011 that he would stay in inside the Fukushima exclusion zone despite the risks from the nuclear power plant meltdown.

He lives in the small town of Tomioka, seven miles from the power plant, where he looks after all the animals that were abandoned when the area was evacuated.

Nicknamed Macchan, he looks after dogs, cats, cows, horses and ostriches.

He did initially leave the area after the devastating earthquake struck, but returned to feed the dogs.

Visit Naoto’s support page here

Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)
Picture: (Naoto Matsumura)

He told Vice in 2011 and all the dogs were still tied up. He believed that this was because everyone thought they would be home soon.

But that’s not happened. And he has fed them ever since.

He said: ‘From then on, I fed all the cats and dogs every day. They couldn’t stand the wait, so they’d all gather around barking up a storm as soon as they heard my truck. Everywhere I went there was always barking. Like, “we’re thirsty” or, “we don’t have any food.” So I just kept making the rounds.’

Four years on, he continues to feed the animals with donations – including donations of water – from people outside the exclusion zone.

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

Source:http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/15/the-last-man-of-fukushima-how-one-man-stayed-to-feed-the-abandoned-animals-5104292/

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