The Ministry of the Environment should strictly observe the “Act on Welfare and Management of Animals”.

December 4th, 2012

The Ministry of the Environment should strictly observe the “Act on Welfare and Management of Animals”.

This is against the “Act on Welfare and Management of Animals” leaving protected animals without food and water. The Ministry of the Environment should observe strictly the “Act on Welfare and Management of Animals”.


Autumn finished so quickly. The severe winter has brought further cruelty to the environment of the afflicted area. The water is frozen, even during the day.


This is a barn belonging to an owner who requested help from us. It looks like someone slept in the cardboard box bed. There are so many grass seeds left in the bed. The seeds......


These seeds are from this grass. They stick to our clothes, and actually hurt. Cats also feel pain.


This year, I can’t bring a very soft cat bed. If police see it in the car, the purpose is obvious. We brought a styrene foam box with a blanket inside as a bed.



I can’t be calm and thorough. We have to act in secret. We leave food, water, and a bed, do everything possible, but it's still not enough.

This is against the “Act on Welfare and Management of Animals” leaving protected animals without food and water. Ministry of the Environment should observe strictly the “Act on Welfare and Management of Animals”.

Chapter VI Penal Provisions
Article 44
(1) A person who has destroyed or injured, without reason, a protected animal, shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than one year or a fine of not more than one million yen.
(2) A person who has committed on a protected animal such cruelty as causing debilitation by discontinuing feeding and/or watering without reason shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred thousand yen.
(3) A person who has abandoned a protected animal shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred thousand yen


※Big storage (for storing the food and materials) in Naraha-machi is being built. We aim at completion in this year. We appreciate your support.

The planned total sum: 1,000,000 yen. (Storage, land leveling of ground for construction, shelf setting, necessary equipment including capture cages, all sorts of cages)


Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
Account Name : Inunekokyusainowa
※Please specify “hisai” (for afflicted area) before your name. (If it is another purpose for example, “shelter” (for animal shelter) or “ippan” (for general activity), please specify these purposes before your name.)

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URGENT action needed!!!

PLEASE spread the word and send your voice!!


Frozen winter has come. Still now, many dogs and cats are suffering in the off-limits area in Fukushima. The protection activity by authorities has been insufficient. Skilled private animal rescue parties can be a big help, but they are not allowed to go into the off-limits area. Please read the following petition. If you agree, please sign your name and specify your address at the bottom of the front page and send it to the following: The Ministry of Environment, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, etc. PLEASE spread this information to your friends.


Dear Sir,

We submit this petition to you to enable the rescue of abandoned dogs and cats, and enhance emergency measures of administration in the Fukushima off-limits area.

Animal Network, Representative Makomi Tsuruta
The Pet Law, attorney Katsuhiro Weda
Asia Press Front, Representative Toru Yamaji
TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, Representative Akiko Yui
Hisai Juminno Kai, Representative Mieko Yoshita
※153 other participating groups are specified in the back.
                                        In the Fukushima off-limits area, many dogs and cats were abandoned. About 330 owners (according to the authorities) are still looking for their pets. There are of course other owners looking for their pets not included in that 330. Now in the off-limits area, a fourth generation of cats has been confirmed. The situation is now not only for animal protection but also for the safety of residents, and environmental preservation. Rescue activity, feeding activity, and TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) activity are all necessary. All of this makes very important contributions to the functional reconstruction of afflicted areas. However, the private animal rescue parties are not currently allowed to go into the off-limits area for these purposes. If skilled parties and individual volunteers are allowed to go in properly, we can expect future improvement with their ordered activity. Before the severe winter, we again raise a plea for life.

1) Re-instigation of authorization to enter, and continuation of activity by authorized groups. In December of 2011, 16 private animal protection parties were allowed to go into the off-limits area, and protected several hundreds of dogs and cats. From the questionnaire survey of elementary and junior high schools in Namie-machi, Fukushima, (February, 2012), it was obvious that pet loss due to the disaster has caused severe stress. In fact, the rescued dogs and cats provided emotional support for the suffering families in general, not only school children. When the owner was not found, or if the owner can’t have the pets again, the private animal protection parties provide healthcare and provide sterility measures, and then find new adopting families. This activity also fosters understanding and community in the afflicted area. Please reinstate and continue this significant project.

2) Animal rescue, feeding, and TNR activity, should be made a public interest priority.
There are people who go into the off-limits area with the residents for protecting, feeding, and TNR, especially to prevent the breeding of cats in problematic circumstances. Please accept this mission as being in the public interest, and allow their activities in the off-limits areas.

If you agree with the ideas expressed here, please sign your name and specify your address at the bottom of this paper. Then please send it to The Ministry of Environment, Fukushima prefecture, town hall, or any member of the Diet. Reprinting, quotation, or copy will be welcome.

I agree with the expressed intent of this petition.

Inquiry: Animal Net Work Japan
Fwin5675@nifty.com Fax : 029-851-5586

Download the document (in Japanese)
The front side of the paper (as above)

The back of the paper (other 153 participating groups)

★MOE (The Ministry of Environment)
https://www.env.go.jp/en/moemail/ (English form)
Email: shizen-some@env.go.jp
TEL: 03-3581-3351
FAX: 03-3508-9278

★Govonor of Fukushima Prefecture, public relations department
2-16 Sugitsuma-chou, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima-ken
TEL: 024-521-7012
FAX: 024-521-7901
Email: kouho@pref.fukushima.lg.jp

★Minister of Environment, Hiroyuki Nagahama
Email: nagahama@dg8.so-net.ne.jp
Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Nagata-chou 2-1-1
Sangi-in Giin Kaikan 606

★Vice Minister of Environment, Yukio Ubukata
Email: zxe04624@nifty.ne.jp
Chiba-Ken, Matsudo-shi, Iwase 153-1, Asettsu Matsudo 1F

テーマ : 保護活動
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Feeding activity in off-limits area, Fukushima

November 25th, 2012

Sincere thanks to you for sending us so much food.




Today's work begins with capture activity in 7 places in Ohkuma-machi, and then 1 in Futaba-machi. We also leave food and water, and set the Styrofoam bed.




We put a donated blanket inside of Styrofoam bed.


Various wild animals are coming and going from this place. We set the beds on higher places, like a shelf.


In Futaba-machi, I had a chance to talk to one owner who was visiting home temporarily. They have 3 cats, but I found only 1. I still can’t find the remaining 2 cats. Since they saw these 2 cats last October, we haven't been able to find or capture them. The owner was crying so hard, and asking "Why don't the authorities help to enable private rescue parties, and why don't they think about the residents?" It is so cruel.

I continue to appeal to the Diet member.

Naraha-machi is the gateway to the off-limits area. We are thinking about setting the big storage facility here.


The food box is sometimes destroyed, maybe by raccoon dogs or wild boar. So this time, I brought heavy concrete. Recently the cattle don’t come, (actually most of them are dead.). So we can do something with concrete blocks to deal with raccoon dogs.





Time goes so fast. It is time to collect the capture cage. We captured 5 cats. But one kitten, who looks to be just about 7 months, seems to be lactating. So I released it. Even in such terrible situation, life begins and ends.

Ministry of the Environment will do capture activity from December 3 to 27. The rescue party has to be careful, because such parties may have caused trouble as a result of feeding. The Ministry of the Environment doesn’t leave food and water. They won’t tax their brain over such things. If I can go to the off-limits area, I can capture 100 or 200 cats just by myself. Due to the hesitancy of the government, breeding continues unabated. Life, though sacred, suffers vainly, and is lost. Life born to calamity. I feel strong anger because I can't even do TNR activity.
This is a desperate effort to save 4 lives. Please don’t go mew. Soon we'll go through the checkpoint. Please don’t go mew. One police car is after us. We can’t stop the car here.

The police have plenty of important work to do. How much time and how many people they are using to arrest animal rescue workers. The police shouldn’t be used like this. This is a real problem for the animals. The Ministry of Environment should make and realize reliable guidelines.

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

Protecting the pets in the off-limits area; who does it? This is a tug of war between animal protection groups and local authorities. (from Asahi News Paer, November 15, 2912)

November 17th, 2012

Protecting the pets in the off-limits area; who does it? This is a tug of war between animal protection groups and local authorities. (from Asahi News Paer, November 15, 2912)

Namie-machi, Fukushima, is strengthening regulation of animal protection groups. They said that an animal protection group borrowed the name of business operator in order to break into the off-limits area to. This was to protect pets abandoned due to the nuclear power plant accident by Tokyo Electric Power Company. The government and the local authorities say that this should be left up to them. However, the animal protection group is appealing for acceptance of private activity to protect the life of animals.


A source concerned about the animal protection group said the authorities know that residents are requesting that we rescue their pets. The protection activity by authorities is not enough. We want them to make regulations which permit private parties to do rescue activity. But there is resistance. Namie-machi said that they have complaints from the residents in over 10 cases. When the residents made temporary home visits, they found that someone had left pet food in their house. Animals had come into the house and caused damage.

Namie-machi explained that members of an animal protection group borrowed a temporary entrance permit from a business operator, and went into the off-limits area. Because of that, Namie-machi started to make permission requirements severe. Until now, they granted permits without inquiry if there were no contradictions in the application foam. Now they check the reason of activity, requiring more details from the business operator. People other than local residents can’t go in with the business operator or residents. Tomioka-machi is also getting complaints. They are now examining measures. The Ministry of Environment and Fukushima prefecture have been protecting pets in the off-limits area. From April 2011 to October 2012, they captured 895 dogs and cats. Also the Ministry of Environment permitted activity in the off-limits area for 16 private animal protecting groups for one month in last December. The person in charge of this for Fukushima prefecture said that "The remaining animals are pitiable, and our desire to help them is the same. We want people to leave this problem to the authorities. However some residents raise serious voices to those authorities. One woman (28) who evacuated from the off-limits area got help from an animal protection group. They found and saved her pets, a dog and 3 cats. She had asked the authorities, but she didn't know when they might get around to doing anything. “We can’t save the animals if we wait on the disposition of the of authorities. This is crazy, that a private citizen has to take risks to save the animals.” (Hiroko Saito)

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

Fukushima Activity

November 16th, 2012

For this trip, one volunteer came with me to Fukushima. She drove all the way. She was more physically tired than me, but I was mentally and emotionally exhausted.

This time, we left the plastic and Styrofoam boxes at feeding points. We always lose the duel of wits with crows and raccoon dogs. They are clever enough to open plastic bags. This time, we opened the bag and left the food in the plastic box.


The Styrofoam is easy for wild animals to destroy, so we often leave food in the houses of the owners who are looking for their own cats. It's also easier to carry that way.




We can use this for a food box, and also put the blanket inside to use as a bed.

It would surely look strange to be loading styrofoam boxes and plastic boxes full of holes in the car. What shall I do if someone asks “What is this?”

If someone sees the big plastic bag with all the cat food, and says “This is for animals, isn’t it?”, what shall I answer? This always gives me a headache........

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

TNR activity in Odaka, Fukushima

November 14th, 2012

From the Kanto area to Fukushima, it takes 4 hours through the Jyoban route to Naraha-machi. Finished with feeding activity in Narada in the early morning, going to Odaka takes 30 minutes if we can drive through route no.6 in the off-limits area. But as we can’t get permission to go into the off-limits area, we have to go around, which takes 2 hours.
We can finish all activity in the evening. We’ need to sleep somewhere, and then collect the capture cages the next morning. But most of the volunteers have their own cats at home. Some of them are sick, and it's difficult for them to stay in Fukushima.
We return to Kanto from Odaka once to take care of cats. Then we go again to Fukushima, to collect the capture cages and resume feeding activity. Then again return to Kanto. This is incredibly hard work.


Captured cats at feeding point.


The volunteers go for feeding once every 2 weeks, but most of the places had no food. We add more till next time.

Many cats are thin and some of them have injuries.




This is too much for 1 woman volunteer from Kanto. We are looking for volunteers for feeding and TNR activity in Odaka area. Local people are welcome. Even if it is only a few hours, it's still a big help. Odaka area is no longer an off-limits area. It's fine if you have never done this kind of activity. The other volunteers will teach you how to do everything. Please contact us if you like cats and want to help them, or if you're looking for your own cats.

This time, I received 10 captured cats, and brought them to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. After the sterilization, I will bring them again to Odaka and then release them. But one cat seemed to be lactating, and was released.

Before I went back to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, I stopped by Naraha for a meeting. Now we are trying to settle the question of big storage space for the materials and food. Naraha is sort of a gateway to the off-limits area. It would be easier for all volunteers if we have a big storage facility in Naraha. This time, fortunately we decided where we'll set the storage.

Then back to Kawasaki. I arrived at the hospital at 22:00pm.

I felt some numbness on my left hand. I was worried that I might be having a stroke again. I left everything to 3 veterinarians and went home to take care of my cats and myself.



The rescue activity from Fukushima's off-limits area will go on. “Animal House” is our new shelter for protecting cats of unknown owners, those whose owners can’t have them back, can't be tamed, are sick or old, and kittens born after the disaster.

Mass recruitment for volunteers who can take care of cats! Beginners are welcome!!
Please CONTACT us.


We need your help! Your donation allows us to keep doing anything, and everything, that we possibly can to help the life of cats. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us for our “Animal House”.

Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
ccount Name : Inunekokyusainowa

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット



About Us

Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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