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Fukushima Forbidden Zone: Spring in Tomioka-city, a new fence to keep the cows, and one more ostrich friend

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Friday, April 13th, 2012

Tokyo – Today, Naoto Matsumura announced that together with 6 of his friends, he constructed a big wooden fence over the last two days in order to install some of the cows that we saw walking around in the wilderness during the last months, and mostly last year.

“The fence is 200 meters long and 60 meters large,” Matsumura said on the phone.

He also added that, while the cherry blossom season is slowly ending in Tokyo, the cherry trees are blooming vigorously in Tomioka, inside the 20 km no-go zone: “The weather has been warm over the last week, and nature overall is pretty nice, so are the animals.” “It is spring in Tomioka.”

Mr. Matsumura has found one more ostrich in town this week, and managed to make it the companion of his first ostrich. “I have two ostriches now,” he said.


We do not want to forget about what has happened to Tomioka-city, in the Fukushima Forbidden Zone. Every week, a special story will be posted on this blog. Words coming directly from Naoto Matsumura over the telephone. Thank you for reading them.

Cows left wild in the Fuksuhima forbidden zone, last year. They are now taken care of by Mr. Matsumura.

Written by Nathalie Stucky

April 13, 2012 at 14:39

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  1. I am thrilled to find your blog! I’ve just posted this on the Facebook page for Mr. Matsumura, “Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals”. I’ve also started a Twitter account under @MatsumuraArk. I’m working with a friend who started a chip in fund for Mr. Matsumura and we have raised $13,000 for him. There are photos of our first meeting with Mr. Matsumura on the Facebook page.

    I’ll be posting all of your blogs and asking people to follow you on Twitter as well. I have a Japanese friend and she translates each of Tokiboo’s (Mr. Matsumura’s friend) blogs everyday. You’ll find them under the “Notes” section of the page. Thank you so much for remembering these animals. There are approximately 1,000 dogs, 3,000 cats and many cows, pigs and ostriches still remaining in the exclusion zone. When the government of Japan erects the permanent wall, it will be too late to help these animals. As it is, many are 2nd and 3rd generation cats, dogs, etc.


    April 14, 2012 at 05:16

    • Hi catsanddogs! Thank you so much for creating Matsumura-san’ FB page! I will post the weekly news on its wall too! the same that is in my blog. So that it is more widely read!

      Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky

      April 14, 2012 at 13:44

      • Thanks, Nathalie! I just found out that you’re already familiar with my friend, Nanci Caron, who started the chip in fund! What a small and wonderful world. If you’d like, this is my private Facebook account,
        Thank you again for your help. I’m running the FB page on my own so, it can be tough to keep up with everything but, I’m doing the best I can. 🙂

        Nancy Holohan

        April 15, 2012 at 02:38

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