52 year old Naoto Matsumura, a fifth generation farmer as the “Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals”. While others have been forced out of Fukushima’s 20km exclusion zone due to radiation dangers from the TEPCO Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Naoto-San has chosen to ignore Japanese law and remain behind to care for the animals.
In a 2013 interview with Vice, Matsumura revealed that he was scared to go back at first. He was worried about the negative impact radiation will have on his health. Chronic exposure to radiation can cause DNA mutations and cancer.
But after spending more time with the animals, Matsumura came to see they were still healthy. This encouraged him to stay in Tomioka and care for all the abandoned cats, dogs, pigs, cattle and even ostriches.
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