The human suffering and untold material damage caused by the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well documented. Yet there is another population that has suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left in the radioactive exclusion zone.
This is where Naoto Matsumura comes in. He’s a fifty-five-year-old construction worker. He lives in the evacuated area to care for the animals left behind.
He returned for his own animals at first, but realized that so many more needed his help, too.
Matsumura, who is 55 years old, knows that the radiation is harmful, but he “refuses to worry about it”.
The government has forbidden him from staying, but that doesn’t stop him either