It takes a pretty brave – or stupid person – to stay in a zone deemed so uninhabitable it is considered an exclusion zone, and that is exactly what happened following the Japanese tsunami in March 2011, with one kind hearted man doing just that so he can make sure all the animals were still taken care of.
Fukushima now plays home to only one man after every single other resident cleared out of the area, with Naoto Matsumura refusing to leave and four years on going from strength to strength.
The farmer did initially leave after the natural disaster but decided to return to feed the dogs and now looks after more animals than you would usually see in your local zoo.
I fed all the cats and dogs every day. They couldn’t stand the wait, so they’d all gather around barking up a storm as soon as they heard my truck.
Everywhere I went there was always barking. Like, “we’re thirsty” or, “we don’t have any food.” So I just kept making the rounds.
It’s a shame women don’t actually live there because all those animals would be a babe magnet for sure.