When in 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster happened and the government ordered the residents to evacuate and settle in the nearest towns for a while, one man returned. Naoto Matsumura has been staying in the radioactive zone in Tomioka, Fukushima for almost 4 years now. He clearly doesn’t care about the radiations. The man has love and compassion for the animals and so his return was inevitable.
The reason: He wanted to take care of the innocent four-legged friends whom all their masters left in hurry when the disaster happened.
The disaster: Tsunami hit the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant which resulted in nuclear meltdown of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.
55-year-old Naoto Matsumura is a former construction worker. He feeds the starving animals in the region and now is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’.
Naoto, when asked about the radiation he receives in the zone said he “refuses to worry about it.” Naoto eats the food imported into the zone and feeds the animals through donations he receives from the supporters.
Naoto first came back for his own animals but he later realized that others too needed his help.
“They also told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 or 40 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less”
Thousands of cows had died locked in barns.
Naoto freed the chained animals too so they could walk around freely with their own kinds.
He was also advised to leave the zone by the government but he refuses to leave because his love for the animals is greater than the fear of death.
Naoto has been living in the zone feeding the animals for 4 years now and plans to stay with them for more years to come.