Meet Naoto Matsumura, The Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

What a heartwarming story! Yes, St. Francis would be pleased. 🙂 Thanks to Jamie at Sophia’s Children and to the Kindness Blog for this inspiring tale.

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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.

Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

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.

Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

“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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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Linda on May 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Wow, Laura! Many energetic hugs for this man – this is so awesome! We really are so much more than we think we are. I love his attitude – to put it in somewhat different words – they told me it would be 30 years before radiation would affect me – and I’d be dead before then – so I’m going to do what needs doing. God love him! Thanks for sharing – Linda

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  2. I know, isn’t that great!? If more people took the long view, we’d already be living in a different world. Nice to see some models of this kind of living, and really, how many people have you encountered who look that happy? Even if he does get radiation effects, he will have lived more fully and a more love-filled life than most people. Hugs, Laura

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  3. Posted by mia feroleto on May 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    He is a truly blessed man. Animals provide the closest thing we can experience on this planet to unconditional love. His energy level must be very high. What a joy to see. I know exactly how he feels.

    Love, Love, Love!

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  4. ❤ ❤ ❤

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