☆It’s been 8 months since the evacuation order was lifted. We have almost completed the animal rescue in Naraha, Fukushima.

May 15, 2016
☆It’s been 8 months since the evacuation order was lifted.
We have almost completed the animal rescue in Naraha, Fukushima.

Last September, the evacuation order was lifted in Naraha.
It’s been 8 months, and the residents are going back slowly.
Sometimes we see the residents’ living together with animals.

We can go into Tomioka during the day, but it’s not possible to stay.
Decontamination work has been carried out repeatedly, but the radiation does not decrease.
It’s been 6 years since Great East Japan Earthquake, and I have aged.
I can’t say my health condition is good now.
I have been taking medicine for cerebral infarction.
Considerable arteriosclerosis was seen in my brain during a recent MRI examination, and it is quite a dangerous condition.
I’ll have to stay in the hospital in July for a whole-body examination.
Breathing difficulties were diagnosed as asthma. Medicine for that brings some relief.
Also, a shadow was seen in my lungs, and I will have a CT examination at the end of June.
I don’t want to go to the hospital so much. I’d prefer to just calmly accept and live with changes in my body. But as I am caring for so many cats, I have to keep up my health.

For six years in Fukushima, running between 5 towns consumed all my time.
At the end of Golden Week, I visited Naraha and Tomioka alone.
I wanted to meet the residents who have already returned, and talk about the future.
I also wanted to remove posters which mentioned the end of the feeding project.

There are some places in Tomioka where we can’t end our activities yet
But the number of cats has decreased, and they don’t come into the capture cages much.
Even though some residents returned, there are still a few feeding places for cats.
It seems we are far from finding an end to our work here.



Decontamination is actively carried out in preparation for the return of residents, but there are still many neglected places.


We set the capture cage at a place where we saw cats through a sensor camera.








This day was not too busy.
I had some time to clean the food box.





We will discontinue work in places where the residents come back often.
We took down the posters with information about protected cats.
We have so much appreciation for the residents who offered their places for feeding, and let us put up the posters.



Naraha is such a beautiful town.



Residents return to continue their lives here.
They seem to have a field.
What will they plant?


I went to a park at the cape.
A hotel near there, “Tenjin Misaki Shiokazeso”, has an open air bath which can look down at the sea.
Now they open regularly, including lunch time.


Waterline in the park.
I turned on a faucet, and was impressed that the water flows out.


But I was more impressed to see this landscape.


A family was playing energetically.
They looked very happy.
It might not be safe yet for the children.
But it must be a joy for them to spend some time together in their beloved hometown.


I visited this place too.
I can’t forget that day in this place.
The rescue activity was hell on earth, so hard.
But it was just the beginning of that hell.
After the nuclear power plant accident, the government abandoned the weak.
The government pushed down so many lives, into the depths of pain.

There was a cat, “Pochiko”, that lost the will to live, laying near the entrance to this company facility on the left.
There was a thin cat that give up on life, in narrow space on right side, behind the air conditioner outdoor unit.



It’s been 5 years.
Some residents returned to Naraha.
It was here that I found “Pochiko”,
I saw a resident who had returned, walking with 2 dogs.


They looked so happy.
We talked about the present situation in Naraha.
She said that now people can’t go into the park at the cape with dogs.
But there is a certain strength in the people living well and brightly in Naraha.



I couldn't help praying for her happiness as I saw her taking a walk.


She gave me so many bamboo shoots.
She said they were fresh. “They are from Fukushima, but if you don’t mind, please take them.”
They still have to take care when they offer something.
It was so tasty.
Thank you so much.

Bamboo forest in Naraha.
It looks very strong, and gives me energy.



People and animals can live together now in Naraha.
I report to you that we have almost completed feeding/rescue activity, except in a few places.
I thank you so deeply, so much, for supporting us by sending food and money.

We have to continue in Tomioka, as the return of residents seems to be taking more time.
But some residents who come back often will do the feeding instead of us.

We have no idea how to rescue cats from the difficult-to-return area of Okuma and Futaba beyond the barricade.
But we must try to rescue all.
I want to do as much as I can, even with so few volunteers.
Please support us.





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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