Much has been said about the human lives affected by the Fukushima disaster in Japan. However, there’s also another population that’s left to fend for themselves in the wake of the disaster and these are the animals that were left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone.
It’s a blessing indeed that one man didn’t forget about them and have even decided to risk his exposure to radiation to care for these four-legged survivors. His name is Naoto Matsumura, a 55-year-old former construction worker, who now lives within the evacuated 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the risks involved, but “refuses to worry about it.” And because of his exemplary dedication to these animals, he’s also hailed as “guardian of Fukushima’s animals.”
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then these heartwarming and awe-inspiring photos of Naoto say a whole lot of how he is as a person: