Meet Naoto Matsumura, The Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

With all the renewed discussions about the A-bomb and radiation, I chose to spotlight this man _____

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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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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 9, 2015, in Current News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 91 Comments.

  1. A tremendous demonstration of love for animals and a dedication that is selfless and dangerous. He is a hero in his time. Thank you for posting it.

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  2. What a truly wonderful spirit. Thanks so much for sharing, GP. Mega hugs.

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  3. That’s incredible! I hope for his sake
    and the animals that he lives a long life!

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  4. So wonderful to read of this man’s love for God’s creation of Animals, some times we need to weigh up what is more important, something that may never happen, like with this man’s threat of physical death or the reality of now which is much the same when volunteering to be a Solider and fighting for freedom, risking death but for this man it was watching many animals die of starvation, God gave us animals to care for, so good to see when people do so wholeheartedly.

    Thank you for sharing this story GP Cox it touched my heart.

    Blessings – Anne.

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  5. Beauty and love is in the eyes of the selfless individuals who protect and care for all creatures of the planet.

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  6. Naoto Matsumura surely is the Patron Saint of the Fukushima Animals.
    A beautiful man whose Heart holds much Love and empathy, for these forgotten creatures.

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  7. I’m very happy to know of this man, now truly one of my favorite people on earth.

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  8. With all the bad news in the world, this story is fantastic! I love when humans become everything they can possibly be and sacrifice everything they have to ensure another has love, comfort, and life essentials. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Funny and touching how tragedy leads some to discover their purpose in life.

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  10. What a kind, loving and generous man. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story.

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  11. So heartwarming – his face glows with goodness.

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  12. Heartwarming story.

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  13. I’m sad to say he doesn’t get nearly enough attention here.
    I also do my best to share stories of this remarkable man.

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  14. Contaminated materials began washing up on American shores several months ago. I suspect the culprit to this entire novella is corporate bean counters. They will escape having to answer for the damage inflicted upon innocents … people, and beautiful cats. I’m not at all happy with this, but I realize that first, no one lives forever and second, I admire a man who places his now life on the line for God’s creatures. I pray that God will have mercy upon us all.

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  15. What a story. Something I’d love to do, but never be brave enough to.

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  16. Confession. I started crying. Thanks for sharing.

    Marcey

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  17. What conviction… but the country still has not been able to seal that reactor and likely never will. Yes, the radiation has spread to California…

    But your story does bring to the forefront the enormity of the perils associated with harnessing the power of the atom.

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  18. Thank you for sharing Naoto with us! A person who helps those who can’t help themselves and can’t give anything back, is a hero to me! We need more people like him in our world! It is people like Naoto who bring joy into the world and restore my faith in humanity. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  19. Thanks for sharing this, G.P. It’s truly an amazing story. His love of the animals shines through in his face.
    Carl is point on when he speaks of the destruction of our universe as we know it. Everyone wants a button to push but no one wants to think and be responsible for the consequences.

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  20. What a delightfully selfless man and what a well written post!

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  21. Like most people, I love heartwarming stories like this. The photos are beautiful, too.

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  22. ““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,” – a remarkable comment.

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  23. What an incredible man. To do that is just amazing and makes you realise there are good people in this world.

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  24. What a amazing man and such a wonderful heart for those animals. He is a hero!

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  25. Mr, Matsumura is a very admirable man, a saint even. I’m just wondering though what are the effects of the Fukushima radiation on his animals..will they become very ill..maybe he knows they don’t have much time left, so is caring for them in their last days….

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    • Radiation doesn’t pick and chose who it kills, but some may be strong enough to survive what dose they received – just as some people survived the A-bombs. I don’t think their length of life span is on his mind. Thank you for reading his story.

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  26. Yes, thanks for sharing this heart warming story of a man who truly deserves the epithet of “great”.

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  27. It does me good to hear people like him exist, and care to do all he does. My father would have been right there with him.

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    • It’s wonderful to hear that. I’d like to think that Smitty would be a part as well – wouldn’t THAT have been something – with the 3 of them working together!!

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  28. Hes not only a human being, he’s human becoming. Great man. Maybe there’s hope for mankind after all

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  29. This man is my Hero.
    His courage and unselfish love are truly inspirational.
    May God Bless him, always~

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  30. The radiation continues to spew out of control and has contaminated the Pacific all the way to the California coast. Sea life of all kinds is dying. It should be front page news all across the world every day. The danger is far far beyond the 12.5 mile zone. I think Japan has initiated as permanent cancer treatment/monitoring program across the nation as a govt health care program. I think Japan is doomed and the country will be a mere shadow of itself in 50 years or less.

    The real lesson though about Fukushima and Chernobyl has not been learned. The nations still want nuke missiles and don’t understand if they use a dozen or so of these weapons the entire atmosphere will be contaminated making the planet uninhabitable. People are more concerned about marrying a person of the same sex. It is astonishing.

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  31. he is a hero … it’s great that he has a heart for those who can’t survive without help…

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  32. What a great story, of a man who has given up everything to care for these abandoned animals. It makes you feel human again, to read of such sacrifice and devotion. Thanks GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  33. Thank you, Marcey.

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