Japan’s Most Radioactive Man Refuses to Leave Animals Behind

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Story: Farmer Returned to Dead Zone to Care for Abandoned Pets, Livestock

Before the Fukushima disaster, Naoto Matsumura was one of nearly 16,000 residents of his town, Tomioka. Now, he — and the animals he cares for — are all who’s left.

Our dogs didn’t get fed for the first few days. When I did eventually feed them, the neighbors’ dogs started going crazy. I went over to check on them and found that they were all still tied up. Everyone in town left thinking they would be back home in a week or so, I guess. 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.

Why would someone endure living in a place with 17 times normal radiation levels?

Watch and find out.

Donate to his nonprofit and follow his journey here (Japanese site, but there is information in English, or use Google Translate).

Image by AP

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