September 27, 2015
CAPIN Support dogs and cats in Jyoso, Ibaraki, afflicted area by Typhoon 18.

During the rescue activity, CAPIN had heavy rain damage by Typhoon 18 in Jyoso, Ibaraki.
We help CAPIN to accept puppies, and also take back the afflicted dogs.
Nekono Maria (http://nekohitomaria.blog109.fc2.com/) accepts cats.
Mrs.Tsuruta, who is a delegate of CAPIN, guided me to the afflicted place, and showed me where many cats were sheltering.

Around Kinugawa river, the rice field is wrecked.
The rice had not been cut down yet.

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The trees were submerged in the water, and had changed color.
It is dusty everywhere.
The residents who came home were cleaning the houses.
It looked like many volunteers were helping them.



There were big piles of refuse.

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Heaps of waste everywhere.

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It will be problematic to store and dispose of it.

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This is the hardware shop where many people were on the roof, images of which were broadcast on TV many times.

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This is an area where the damage was heavy.

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Shelter.

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This is a gymnasium.
Put up a number, and make partitions with cardboard.
No privacy.
Maybe one can be patient for 1 day or 2 days though…

There are so many support supplies, but useful things are few.

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There was a flyer on the wall from an animal welfare organization offering to take care of pets.

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I’ll report to you later about the situation of the animals.

Nekono Maria returns with a cat, and I return with a dog.

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CAPIN does the capture/protection of stray dogs in cooperation with authorities in Jyoso, Ibaraki, and also rescues survived cats along Kinugawa river.

Please support CAPIN.
Donation information is here.

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☆Rescue activity in Fukushima, the area within 20km of the nuclear power plant. Naraha〜Tomioka〜Okuma

September 26, 2015
☆Rescue activity in Fukushima, the area within 20km of the nuclear power plant.
Naraha〜Tomioka〜Okuma

Whenever I go to Fukushima, I always stop by the Naraha base.
The evacuation order was lifted in Naraha, but I met only a few people, including decontamination workers.

Especially the tsunami area has changed a lot in these four and a half years.
There was a big house here.
Houses that collapsed due to the earthquake and tsunami were dismantled.
Most of this place became vacant.
After a few months it will be covered by weeds, and we won’t be able to imagine there were houses in this area.
Right after the disaster, we often saw thin, abandoned cats.
I remember it was hard to hide from the police cars.
We were feeding and setting the capture cages without light.
We rescued so many cats in this area, but we couldn’t find a brown tabby cat that was looking for one owner.
The resident dismantled the house and never came back.

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Since gas stations started to open, it was so helpful for us.
It was so difficult to manage the gas.
One day, a person from the gas station gave me a cup of coffee and said we don’t see cats, but they are still in the houses.
He realized my purpose because I have so much cat food in the car.
So still now, I put clothes over the cat food to hide it, especially when I go into the 20km area.

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I always go Naraha, Tomioka, and then Okuma.
We got a sensor cameras with your support, and we can set it in Tomioka, and see if cats are still there.

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We rescued a cat that belongs to this house, and that cat is already living with the owner.
The owner offered to let us use their house for feeding other cats.
Since then, so many cats have been saved.
When Tomioka was a restricted area, there were so many police cars there.
We couldn’t stop the car, even for one minute.
In such a situation, I saw a brown tabby kitten run to the other side of the wall.
I can’t forget the moment when this kitten came into the capture cage.
It’s been four and a half years since the disaster.
Each place brings a lot of memories.

That time, we didn’t have enough space to take care of cats.
This brown tabby was named Tommy.
She doesn’t like humans, and her toilet behavior was pretty bad.
I thought it would be difficult to find a foster family.
But a couple who has been accepting suffering cats welcomed her.
I thank these people so much, so deeply, who offer love and acceptance to such cats.

They often give me reports.

September 21, 2015
Dear Yui,
It’s been a while.
Tommy is very friendly now.
Still she make toilet mistakes, but gets along with Fuku and Michiko, the other cats.
Especially with Fuku, it looks like they are lovers.
Tommy loves Sheva, and is gluttonous.

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Each life has emotion, and is irreplaceable.
I had an experience likely to shorten my natural term of existence in this rescue activity, but I am glad to rescue them.

There is only one life.
I continue to rescue them from suffering, and find their happiness.

Set the capture cage in Tomioka, and then go to Okuma.
This is the place where we released a tortoiseshell mother cat.
A volunteer took her picture.
It is difficult to see but she is in the middle of picture.
I wonder how her kittens are.
If we don’t see her kittens during this year, I am going to protect her.

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Breathe deeply and then go through the barricade.

Weekly magazine “Syukan Shicho” wrote a “List of of animal welfare stupidity”.

September 25, 2015
Weekly magazine “Syukan Shicho” wrote a “List of of animal welfare stupidity”.

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Are people stupid who protest skewering living frogs, or having dog fights, or biting and eating living snakes?

This is a weekly magazine, “Shukan Shincho”, which was published today.
There’s an article dedicated to the bashing of an animal protection group.
The writer is Jyun Mishina, who seems biased against the animal protection group.

In this report, there is a part bashing the people who protest the skewering of living frogs at Suwa Taisha shrine, in Nagano.

Mr. Mishina mentioned only the comments of Ujiko (Shrine parishioners).
One said that “The river where the frogs live is a sanctuary. A woman protested in the river and this is unforgivable! I have seen this Shinto ritual since I was child, I have never heard that this is cruelty.”

However, the Mitarai river does not belong to Suwa Taisha shrine.
This means the frogs living there do not belong to the shrine.
The fact that the local people think it is not cruelty doesn’t disprove claims of others that it is.

I have to say that Mr. Mishina’s report is so thoughtless.

He also said that people who protest dog fights and snake women are stupid.
Is it really so?
People who demand an end to skewering living frogs, or having dogs fight, or biting living snake are stupid?
Who is stupid??

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Mr. Mishina did aggressive coverage of CAPIN, who has been terribly busy supporting the animals suffering from flood disaster in Jyoso, Ibaraki.

This is from CAPIN’s blog on September 22.

http://ameblo.jp/capin-blog/entry-12075843699.html

We are running around Jyoso to support the suffering animals day and night.
The other day, I had a call from Mr. Jyun Mishina from Syukan Shincho.

He said that he is now preparing a report on “Excessive animal protection”.
I want to write about you.

It is difficult to understand why he wants write about us for such an article.
We have no time to sleep because of Jyoso now.
I think this is interference with animal protection activity.
This week is "Be Kind to Animal Week”.
It is a time to educate the mind concerning animal protection.
Obviously the situation of animal protection in Japan is considerably far behind the world tide. Just think about the huge number of dogs and cats killed, abusive systems of distribution of dogs and cats, execrable pet shops and puppy mills, lack of advanced sterilization and animal experiment regulation. and rampant abandonment.

I think media should contribute to the country, to make a better society, and not just echo public opinions that enflame emotional response. They should study hard, know the world situation, and enlighten the consciousness of the nation.

However, Syukan Shicho is making this report on “Excessive animal protection”.

How can they write such a report during "Be Kind to Animals Week”?

The answering machine of my cell phone had relentless entries.

Yesterday on the 20th, he said if I don’t answer him, he will write that I have no comment regarding this.
He needs to talk to me tonight for the dead line.

He sent me the questionnaire by e-mail.
I was too busy and my colleague answered.
She asked to be able to review the manuscript in advance, but he refused.

I made a call in protest to Mr. Mishina, and also Mr. Shinya Hagiwara in the editorial department of the Shukan Shincho.
Talking to Mr. Mishina was out of the question.

Mr. Hagiwara planned and edited this article.
He appeared in court as a witness when Shinchosha publishing Co., Ltd. sued Mr. Masaru Sato.
This time, Mr. Hagiwara requested freelance journalist Mr. Mishina.

It was about the Shinto ritual involving skewering living frogs in Suwa Taisha shrine in Nagano.
We have been demanding the use of effigies instead of using living frogs.

■Opinion of Shinchosha.

“How you can defy authority? What is wrong with doing the traditional event?”

“It is annoying to have you standing with placards on January 1st.”

This is what Mr. Mishina said.

Mr. Hagiwara said that he feels the same way.

Now so many people gather around the Diet to protest government policy.
The protest movement embodies freedom of expression, accepted by the nation.

If the nation makes an objection, and declares intentions to become more authoritarian,
If freedom of expression is denied, we must call it despotism.

People who are involved with journalism must be sensitive concerning freedom of expression.
The media should stop authoritarianism, and protect the nation, and should lead it in the proper direction calmly and intellectually, based on facts, to prevent the nation from allowing “tradition” and “authority” to rationalise persecution of human rights and freedoms.

Only 10 people stood in the snow to oppose the skewering of living frogs.

They called it“bothersome”, that I would write such a bashing article.

Mr. Mishina and Mr. Hagiwara said this is totally personal.
Then are prepared for an attack on us.
I asked them what their sources will be.

I couldn’t get a clear answer for that.

They just kept saying it is tradition.

The local newspaper can’t write freely about this because of the power of Suwa Taisha shrine.
Are we prey to the cause of increased subscribers?

If it is “personal” thing, they should tweet it in social media.

They don’t care about the source, historic considerations, world movements, or the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals.
They just kept saying it is against tradition.
What kind of journalism is this?

The influence that the media has on the nation is immeasurable.

Finally Mr. Hagiwara said to me “Then you should not have answered to us.”
When I asked about who is in charge of this article, he told me to look in the back of magazine.

Infant characteristics of the Japanese journalism were exposed again.

This is the questionnaire from Mr. Mishina.

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I am a writer for Shukan Shincho, Jyun Mishina.

Please excuse me for contacting you so suddenly.

By the way, in the issue of September 24th, there will be a special topic regarding the issue of animal welfare.

I have some questions about the Shinto ritual of frog hunting in Suwa Taisha shrine.

I would appreciate if you can give me answers for the questions below, hopefully by noon tomorrow.

1. Are you going to protest next year too?

2. What is your slogan this year?
Also tell me the contents of your speech.

3. Animal welfare is a holy concept.
But also frog hunting in Suwa Taisha is a traditional holy event for local people.
I think it seems rude to step into it, but are you going to continue such protests?

4. I heard that when the shrine captures frogs, the activists protested by lying in the river.
Also that an activist slipped, and fell down while going to the river.
Is that true?

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We tried to answer him on the phone, but he was so insincere, misquoting.
So my colleague sent him the e-mail below.

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If you write about frog hunting, please mention what is written below.

Suwa Taisha shrine doesn’t have authority to exclude people from Mitarai river.
The Shinto ritual, which is against the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, is indefensible.
As for Ujiko (Shrine Parishners), an assault claim by people from animal welfare organization and myself may be established.
The Shinto ritual of skewering the hibernating, passive frog is contrary to wishes for a good harvest, and is damaging the image of the Emperor, who is the figurehead of Shinto, and Japan, which assumes the Emperor as symbol.
When I compare the Shinto ritual frog hunting in Suwa Taisha with frog hunting at Ikushima Tarushima Shrine, it is rational to think that originally a human being was considered to be skewered and burning to death as sacrifice.
Suwa Taisha had another Shinto ritual until Meiji era, cutting the throats of 75 deer and exhibit their heads.
(This was also an important tradition as Shinto ritual. If it happened now, it would cause bashing from all over the world, like a Sushi restaurant which served living frogs.
It is necessary for Japan to recover itself from a prewar mistake.

Please mention these things.
I expect an objective and fair article.

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Hope for a better society, without cruelty.
☆Short movie of Shinto ritual of skewering living frogs in Suwa Taisha in 2015.

I went to Suwa Taisha on January 1st, 2015 and asked for a halt to skewering living frogs, and the use of substitutes.
More people will go there next January 1st, and I will go again with them.
If you want to raise a voice for abused, weak animals who have no words, please come with us.
Cruelty must be stopped.
Let's stop the useless killing.

If you want to come with us, please contact us.
Fwin5675@nifty.com






Contact of Suwa Taisha Shrine.
TEL 0266-52-1919

☆TNR under the bridge. 5 kitten brothers were protected.

September 16, 2015
☆TNR under the bridge. 5 kitten brothers were protected.

There is a hole in one eye of a black kitten I protected.
The age is about 1.5 months.
A homeless person said there are 5 brothers.
I don’t see 4 others, and I’m very worried.

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Tonight, after the release of adult cats that have undergone the sterilization, I will find the 4 other kittens and a mother cat.
Also a male cat for sterilization.
Check the condition of the adult cats before release.

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Well, cats seem to be hiding amongst a lot of bags of aluminum cans.
Set the tasty food in the capture cage and wait patiently.

While waiting, try to capture a brown tabby.
He loves one homeless person.
I tried to charm him with tasty food.
He ate it so quickly and…

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Don’t go!

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He is not vigilant, and seems calm.

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Finally kittens appeared.
I am glad they survived, and made it on time.

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It took hours, but there were all of the kittens, and a mother cat too.

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A brown tabby was captured by a homeless person.
I can do sterilization for all cats found under the bridge.
I will find foster families for the kittens.

They are 5 brothers under the bridge.
Check their health in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, and then they will become house cats.

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The first captured cat is black, and I thought all the kittens would be black.
But each of them looks very different.
The mother cat is black and white.

The repetition of misfortune under the bridge has been halted.
I hope all of them live happily there.
I sometimes visit them.

Now then, TNR under another bridge along the same river.

☆Difficult return area Okuma, Fukushima.

September 15, 2015
☆Difficult return area Okuma, Fukushima.

A house where no one is living, with sprawling plants.

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The house and car were covered by plants.

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A house where we visit sometimes for feeding,

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It’s almost in reasonable shape.

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However, the storage area where we set the food box for 4 and a half years is almost broken.
Volunteers cooperate for feeding activity in a town which doesn’t look normal.

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Nekokatsu is strong and reliable.

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Matatabi is strong in spite of appearance.

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I am very slow, and trip and drop things.

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Thank you for sending me this wooden stick.
This is very helpful.
In the 20km area, I really don’t have time to find such wooden sticks.
But with this stick, small insects don’t fall in, they don’t have to die in the water.
Cats don’t drink water with insects in it.
If you can find a deadwood stick, please send it to me.
I need to use one often.
The diameter is about 1cm, and about 26cm-29cm long.
But please do not buy anything like disposable chopsticks.

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Thank you so much for your support, as always.

※Cats continue to live In the difficult return areas in Okuma, Futaba, and Tomioka,, but no one else comes back.
Please support our continuation of this cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima.
The transportation to Fukushima is about 20,000 yen~30,000 yen for expressway charges and gasoline cost.
Thank you so much for your cooperation.

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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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