Harsh environment in Fukushima ③Namie-machi

March 26, 2014
Harsh environment in Fukushima

People can go into Namie-machi during the day, but we rarely see people.
The radiation dose is still high.
When can the residents go home?



The road where we were able drive last time is not still safe.
Please see the following photos.
It is still like this.
It is now 3 years since the disaster.
The houses are damaged by heavy rain, and it looks like they could easily collapse.

There are many such dangerous places.





We go on the usual route for feeding and water supply.

It is empty.





I feel exhausted, but there is a moment which gives me a warm feeling.
It is the smile of residents.

On the way for feeding activity in Namie, I stop by “3.11 rescue” as much as possible.

3.11 Rescue

A-san, from dog team, has been bringing food to Murohara, where Inuneko Kyusainowa can’t go.
So I try to bring the food for Murohara to A-san, and “3.11 Rescue” mediates between A-san and I.

I could stop only for less than 5 minutes, but even if it is a short conversation with smile, I can recharge my energy by talking to a comrade who is desperate to rescue animals.


Then this time,

One resident came from a temporary dwelling in Nihonmatsu to see me in Namie.
She came to visit a grave.

She brought me so many handmade rice balls coated with sweetened red beans, soybean flour, or sesame.
She said that her 2 dogs that were rescued are fine in the temporary dwelling.

Her house in Namie got so damaged.
The wild boar dig holes in the garden, and the storage got trashed.
Her dogs were rescued, and they are living together now.
But whenever she goes home she always leaves food and water for abandoned cats.
The touch of a person's generosity, it is a moment that warms my heart.




Everything was so delicious.
Especially the chopped burdock root was so tasty.

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット





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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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