Man Braves Fukushima Nuclear Zone In Japan To Save Animals (Video)

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Sameera Ehteram
This 5-minute video shows Keigo Sakamoto, a 58-year-old Japanese animal sanctuary owner, who decided to stay to tend to his 500 animals when everyone else fled fearing nuclear radiation from Fukushima’s nuclear plant.

This 5-minute video shows Keigo Sakamoto, a 58-year-old Japanese animal sanctuary owner, who decided to stay to tend to his 500 animals when everyone else fled fearing nuclear radiation from Fukushima’s nuclear plant.

For more than two years he and his 500 animals have relied on charity to survive.

He says he is the only one ‘left living in the 20-kilometre exclusion zone."

According to him, the authorities don’t care.

"There's no way Tokyo Electric Power Company doesn't know I'm here alone."

"Even if it were just a lowly employee apologizing for this whole mess, I'd appreciate it."

"They come and go in their vans checking the damage they have done."

"But I've never heard a word of apology come from their mouths, and that's what hurts the most."

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Sakamoto refuses to leave, even if it means endangering his life.

"After the disaster they hauled in huge concrete blocks to shut off this road," he says.

"I couldn't get water or food for me and the animals," he describes his plight. Though the animals have now adapted. "For months after the disaster they couldn't get anything to eat, so they'll eat anything these days."

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On March 11, 2011 a tsunami wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. An exclusion zone was created nearby, and 150,000 people fled their homes.

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