They call him “the last man from Fukushima”, but his name is Naoto Matsumura, the 55-year-old farmer who is the only one person still living in the exclusion zone near to the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster.
What is keeping him from leaving this dangerous zone are the animals living in the area, in fact Mr. Matsumura is taking care of them all and he just doesn’t want to leave them behind.
He is taking care of cats, dogs, pigs, cows, horses and even an ostrich.
Naoto initially left the area with his parents when the nuclear disaster occurred, but when he came back to feed the animals of his family farm, he found out that the neighbors’ dogs were hungry, thirsty and still tied up.
“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.” he told Vice Magazine a few months after the disaster.
The animal needed his help to stay alive, so he decided to stay.
Matsumura even rescued a dog from a barn where he has been trapped for more than a year. He named him Kiseki (Miracle)
He is still able to live here thanks to donations. Food and water has to be brought from outside the contaminated area.
He states they have been abandoned by the government
And he has no plan of going away soon.
This is an incredible act of courage and love for animals.
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