Meet Naoto Matsumura, The Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

A beautiful story that I read this morning…

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Naoto Matsumura is the only human who now lives in Fukushima’s 12.5-mile radiation exclusion zone in Japan.

Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

At first he fled the radation-riddle area, but he returned soon after to feed his animals.

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Matsumura then realized that there were thousands of other creatures that needed to be fed, as well. The 55-year-old says he knows the radiation levels are dangerous but refuses to worry about it.

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“They told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less,” he said.

When he first returned, he saw that thousands of cows had died after being locked up in barns. He freed the creatures that had been left tied up by their owners and takes care of all of them.

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Today, most of the creatures rely on him for food, and he works entirely on the support of donations and…

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7 thoughts on “Meet Naoto Matsumura, The Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

  1. What an amazing man Ka.. thank you for sharing his story as he gives his life to help so many animals.. The suffering of which after everyone left must have been appalling ,,
    Sue

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  3. Sue, apparently I am still at a loss for words…
    I’ve recently been hearing about so many friends who have lost their beloved pets. I still miss mine from when I was a child. These animals, and the whole land, was left to decay due to the radioactivity. We all get choices of what to do with our time on the planet. This man, Naoto Matsumura, maybe made his choice – and for him, based on what he said, it was the choiceless-choice – the choice that made sense to his whole being… Matsumura said, “They told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less.” He sees the difference between life and death – and makes that difference with his own life. He declares he’s alive, and offers his life in service. To him, this is the most sensible decision he could make…
    So… I’m still in awe… Beautiful. ❤
    Thank you for reading, Sue!

  4. This was amazing, Ka! Thanks for sharing it. I’m in awe as well… It seems like it must be the very beginning of an even greater story that will one day be told. It is hard to imagine acts of such unselfishness not having ripple effects that spread far beyond the bounds of our daily imagining…

    Staggered by the Beauty
    Michael

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