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Man Continues To Live Alone in Fukushima No-Entry Zone Despite Criticism

Offbeat  (tags: Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant, No-entry zone, criticism, evacuation, environment, risks )

- 2716 days ago -
"I know people criticize me for being selfish. I'll pay any fines. But is it really a crime to return to your home? We're victims, after all, " says Matsumura.


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Teresa W (782)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 7:48 am
Another form of hara-kiri?

Billie C (2)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 8:18 pm
it should be his choice. he's not asking anybody to care for him. he understands the risks. he's doing a service to those poor abandoned animals. leave him in peace.

cecily w (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 8:33 pm
I don't understand how he is being selfish, and he is providing food for those dogs. Good luck to him.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 8:43 pm

Val L (23)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 9:03 pm
He is a saint for looking after the animals.

KS Goh (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:34 am
Thanks for the article.

Valerie Hammett` (21)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:49 am
well hes kinda right

jennifer t (41)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:05 pm
This man Matsumura is a tremendous hero for looking after the animals that people haev abandoned.It is his decision to stay.How dare people acuse him of being selfish.He most certainly is not!!

mariana c (22)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:11 pm
It's his home after all....thanks for the article

Shan D (49)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:30 pm
At first I thought he was crazy, like the old guy who refused to leave his cabin on Mount St. Helens, before it blew. He claimed he couldn't leave his cats, so finally they let him stay. He and his cats died when the mountain blew, and I always thought he was a selfish S.O.B. for not at least asking for his animals to be evacuated.

Having read this article, however, I see that here is someone who has decided to care for those that were abandoned by their owners - and I wonder if they were allowed to take their pets or chose to leave them behind? Since this man is not asking for anything that anyone cannot safely let him have and he's endangering no one but himself and he is of sound mind... I say good luck to him. It would be better, however, if the animals could be evacuated to receive treatment. All of them will probably have cancer-related illnesses at some point.

Kari Knabe (14)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:54 pm
Kudos to him for helping as he can for the humane agencies for utilitzing him to help the animals. Wish they could all get out & get help!!!

. (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 3:14 pm
I interpreted the selfishness, as because he chooses to live there, he is shortening his life regardless of those who care about, and love him.

Jo Asprec (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 3:32 pm
He loves his home so much to stay and also care for animals left there. God bless you.

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:05 pm
He's an honorable man to do what he is doing. Maybe the $30 million that is being used to go after the whales by the Japanese government could be used to help de-contaminate this area sooner.

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:13 pm
If I was there I'd have no objection to walking into the zone to help the animals and preserve the town against future recovery when the contamination is removed - until my dosimeter hits 5 rem and I go away for a year until my dose renews. A good size group of similar people could probably begin decontamination or at least get people's pets clear, then the livestock out and decontaminated. Of course, I'd also have kept up the maintenance on teh plant if I'd been working there so enough casualty cooling systems would have survived the quake and tsunami to prevent this failure...

Andrea Connelly (94)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:21 pm
Exactly as Ann Breeden says. . Good we had a petition on that.

Marianna Molnar (9)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:28 am

DORIS L (61)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:52 pm
Thank you Naoki.

Hilary S (2)
Friday December 16, 2011, 2:29 pm
I agree with Billie C - after all it is HIS life to do with as he wishes. Another hero for the animals.

valda p (13)
Friday December 16, 2011, 2:51 pm
He is not being selfish ,he is being caring and kindhearted by helping the abandoned animals ,leave him alone to do what -he wants ,he is a hero.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:45 pm
Yes, taking care of the animals is a noble cause. My question is, is this guy glowing in the dark, yet?

Helle H (21)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 10:40 am
I can easily understand him. He has been exposed to radiation so why not stay in his own home. What else does he have to look forward to.

Victoria B (21)
Friday December 30, 2011, 3:46 pm
If he wants to face the consequences of minor radiation because he wants to keep his home the government shouldn't get involved.
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