This is from Hachiko Coalition
This is a news video about life in the exclusion zone. It was shown on Japanese TV on "Super J Channel". We're happy to be able to post the English translation courtesy of Mr. Matsumura's Facebook page.
English translation courtesy of YK - 4/27/12 Broadcast of News Program “Super J Channel”
Announcer:Tomioka-Machi is a town approximately 10 km away from the Fukushima #1 Nuclear Power Plant.Inside this area where entry is still prohibited, there is a man who continues to care for the cattle.What is the harsh reality of the exclusion zone ?
Narrator:This is an area 20km away from the Fukushima #1 Nuclear Power Plant.From here on, entry is restricted to this area …. however ….(caption: a man is seen entering the exclusion zone)a man enters the area as is it is nothing.
We heard that he has been active in entering the zone for over a year now.What in the world is he doing ?00:48 (A woman’s voice: I’m sorry – it’s all human’s fault)
00:51 There are cattle corpse all over the town.00:55 Inside the barn, you can see horrible remains.00:57 (M) They all died by suffering.
01:01 Tomioka Town, located approximately 10km from the Fukushima #1 NuclearPower Plant --- the camera has witnessed a cruel reality.
01:09 Last week, the residents of Tomioka Town were allowed to temporarily return home.Tomioka Town is located approximately 10km from the Fukushima #1 Nuclear Power Plant.Even now, entry is strictly prohibited in this area.01:34 Suddenly, the Geiger counter started beeping inside the car.This is a Ohkuma Town, a town next to Tomioka Town.It is only 4km away from the Fukushima #1 Nuclear Power Plant.
01:46 (Ladies in the car) “That’s #1, and then #2, #3, and #4.”01:55 “It’s going up, it’s going up.”
02:01 The Geiger counter inside the car will not stop beeping.02:06 It showed a level of 19µSv each time.It is 400 times that of an outside natural radiation level.02:15 The car slowly enters the town of Tomioka.02:20 This is the shopping street in front of the train station.02:25 (Ladies) “It was really scary around here, wasn’t it.”
Don’t you wear any protective gear ?I’ve never worn one – not even once.Aren’t you afraid of the radiation ?Not at all.
02:32 A year has passed since the disaster hit, and yet, the area remains the same as that day.You can still see the wound it left behind.02:37 And this is the Tomioka train station.02:41 (Ladies) “Oh my ….”02:49 Perhaps this car was washed up by the Tsunami. It still sits here.02:54 However, as the residents went to the next section …
02:55 (Ladies) “Oh, wow !!”03:01 This is Yonomori Park of Tomioka Town, located approximately 7 km from the NuclearPlant. There, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, just like it does every year.03:13 (Ladies) “There’s no one here.” “Cherry blossoms just bloom as if nothing happened.”03:20 The first cherry tree was planted during the Meiji Era and 112 years have passed.Now, it has grown into an area of 2.5 meters with a tunnel of cherry blossoms.Every year, approximately 15,000 people came to visit to view the blossoms herebut now was embraced in silence.03:42 It is as if time had just stopped here – a town with not one person.03:48 What appeared in front of the residents returning temporarily were the herd of roamingcattle.03:52 (Ladies) “1, 2, 3, 4 … there’s 10 of them.”
04:00 This is the temporary housing in Iwaki City, housing the evacuated residents of Tomioka.Here lives a livestock farmer, Sato-san, of Tomioka Town.04:07 (Sato-san) “I had 3 adult cows and 2 calves – a total of 5 cows.”“For economic purpose, we would sell one calf after a year. Otherwise, farmers wouldnot be able to survive. But then of course, if we can sell one, we would be happy about it.”04:25 A livestock farmer would rear each cow and sell them. That’s how they made their living.However, after the nuclear accident, this no longer was possible.So, what do they do with their cows in that situation ? After the accident, Sato-sandecided to unleash the cows and released them from the barn.04:41 (Sato-san) “I can’t sell the cows, but it would be too cruel to destroy (euthanize) them.”04:53 It was a difficult decision. But Sato-san is not the only farmer who had to make suchdecisions. So – what happened to the cattle after that ?
05:05 This is the Inspection Point on the border of the exclusion zone.Here, a Tomioka town resident appeared.05:19 “Hello”This is Naoto Matsumura-san, age 52, who is a farmer in Tomioka Town.Matsumura-san has a special permit from the Town Office to enter the zone freely.05:34 (Reporter) Why were you able to get such a permit ?(M)To take care of the livestockWhy is Matsumura-san who is not even a livestock farmer taking care of the livestock ?As starters, why was he able to get such a special permit ?05:49 (Reporter )“Don’t you wear any protective gear ?”(Matsumura) “I’ve never worn one – not even once.”(Reporter)“Aren’t you afraid of the radiation ? “(M)“Not at all.”
05:58 The radiation level inside the exclusion zone is still high, but Matsumura-san does notseem to show any concern about it.06:13 After that, along with some members of an animal rescue group, he entered the zonefrom the inspection point.06:25 The video that the animal rescue group filmed for recordkeeping showed a very harshreality of inside the exclusion zone.06:29 The roads leading to Tomioka Town was partially still in damaged state, just left like that,with no repairs made. From the car window, you can see the piles of rubbles just leftlike that.06:49 As you enter Tomioka Town, a dog appeared. If you look closely, you can tell that he hasa collar.06:55 (M) “Come here.”As Matsumura-san called out, the dog comes running over.It appears that he went into the mountains looking for food and got his leg caught in atrap meant for wild boars and lost his leg.07:13 And, next, what Matsumura-san ran into was …07:18 (Hoso-san) “Let’s put a blue tarp over him.”(Woman) “I’m sorry – it’s all human’s fault.”07:19 (Hoso-san) “It’s deep in mud – the poor thing.”
07:22 Further, inside the barn…As you set one foot into the barn, this is what you see ….What’s more, it seems that there were over 100 of them.At such a horrific scene, Matsumura-san said07:35 (M) “Starvation. They all died suffering at the end.”07:39 (M) “Show this to the Government. They haven’t even cleaned this up and yet they’retalking about re-operating the nuclear plant. It’s just human ego.”
07:49 According to the Town of Tomioka, there were approximately 500 heads of livestock,out of which 150 or so either died of starvation or illness; about 90 of them wereeuthanized with the owner’s approval; and about 260 that are either roaming aroundthe town of Tomioka or still kept inside a barn.
08:16 Matsumura-san feeds the cattle every time he sees one.In order to feed these animals, Matsumura-san enters the zone every day.The feed are all donated by animal rescue groups and his supporters.08:35 Each cow has an ear tag which identifies his owner, but this calf does not have one.He was probably born after the disaster.08:44 (M) “See you.”
08:49 When he finishes his rounds of feeding, he goes by his own house which is located12km from the Nuclear Plant.Welcoming him home is his pet dog Aki. (Caption – Aki (female, 2 years old)08:59 (M) “She has a cute face, doesn’t she ?”
09:04 He had 3 houses inside his property, and one was totally destroyed by the earthquake.Fortunately, Matsumura-san and his family were not in this house at the time of theearthquake and therefore was safe.09:13 (M) “We heard a big noise and saw smoke flare up. My dad was in the field in the backand he thought that there was fire.”09:20 (M) “The house is all flat now.”09:22 In the backyard are ostriches. They were from a ranch in Ohkuma-Town next to Tomioka,but they were found wandering around Tomioka so Matsumura-san brought them overto his house.09:35 (M) “I held down their neck and wrapped a T-Shirt over their head. Then I stuffed themonto my truck and brought them here.”09:46 And in Matsumura-san’s hot house was a calf. However, he seemed extremely weak.When he was feeding the cattle, he saw that a mother cow was trying to give birth.09:59 (M) “The mother was skin and bone, and had a very difficult labor. First, I thought thatthe calf was already dead. I stuck my hands in and used a roap to pull out the legs.”10:12 He wanted somehow to get the calf to see a Vet, but taking a livestock out of theexclusion zone was prohibited.
10:20 The town where the entire population was instructed to evacuate from this area….but Matsumura-san would not comply and remained on -- continuing to take carethe cattle and other animals. Eventually, the Town Office gave him permission toenter the zone.10:39 Now, he lives in a temporary housing in Miharu Town, located about 50km fromthe Nuclear Power Plant and commutes from here.
10:46 (Reporter) “Is your body OK (from entering the zone everyday) ?”(M) “Nothing wrong. I’ve always been healthy.”
10:58 Even livestock farmers, no matter how worried they may be about their cattle,would not enter the exclusion zone so many times. But then why has this mancontinued to care for the cattle for over a year now ?11:06 (M) “Every living soul is the same. Humans, animals, anything. Of course, if you saythat cattle are economic animals, that’s true, but they haven’t done anything wrong.”
11:19 It’s only normal to consider that the cattle left inside the exclusion zone no longerhave any economic value. Yet, Matsumura-san protests and says that cattle shouldnot be destroyed by euthanasia.11:32 (M) “To me, the town that I live in is the best town ever. It’s the town where I was borngrew up in, and I’m going to die in Tomioka.”“Nobody has the right to stop me from feeding the cattle.”11:48 To keep the cattle alive in Tomioka Town … what does that mean to Matsumura-san ?
11:56 This day, Matsumura-san was in Koriyama, where the temporary town office for Tomiokawas set-up.
12:07 They came to plead with the Mayor to stop the euthanize of the cattle left in Tomioka.The mayor listened to them and said12:12 (Mayor Endo) “(Euthanizing is) It’s all really disappointing; It’s sad, I’m mortified.”“I value Matsumura-san’s actions highly as one human being to an another.”
12:30 The activities of Matsumura-san continuing to feed and care for the cattle which no longerhave any economic value may be regarded as a very small action when compared to thetotal picture of trying to rebuild the land.And yet …
12:41 (Reporter) “How is the living at the temporary housing ? Is it rough ?”(Hangai-san) “Not easy. I’d rather be living at home.”
12:55 This is Shinichi Hangai-san who was a livestock farmer in Tomioka Town. He is 78 yearsold.(Reporter) “How many cattle did you own ?”(Hangai-san) “I had 18.” “Up to now, my life had been supported by these cows.”(Reporter) “I’m told that these cows have been showered with radiation and thatyou can no longer breed them.”(Hangai-san) “But that’s not a reason to have to kill them.” “I can’t do somethingcruel like that.”
13:25 Hangai-san is one of the cattle owners who has asked Matsumura-san to take care ofhis cattle.13:31 (Hangai-san) “I’m so grateful that there’s such a person like Matsumura-san.”
13:37 (Reporter) “Good morning.”13:41 On this day too, Matsumura-san started his day as soon as the sun started to rise.13:46 (Reporter) “Do you get worried if you don’t feed and see their faces everyday ?”(M) “Of course, I get worried.”13:53 (M) “You don’t need to kill something that’s alive. They survived so much hardshipand are still living. When you think of it that way, how can you even consider killingthem ?”
14:10 Matsuoka-san headed for Hangai-san’s cattle barn located in Tomioka.He and the volunteers feed the cattle here.14:17 (Hoso-san) “Here, little one, eat, eat.”14:23 The area that Matsumura-san covers is very widely spread and cannot visit hereevery single day. Many of the cattle have grown thin and bones were seenprotruding out.
14:37 When Matsumura-san went by his home, that weakly calf was already dead.It was just the third day since his birth.
14:50 (Volunteer) “Come back again from an another womb.”
14:58 This is the harsh and cruel reality brought on by the nuclear accident.
15:09 What Matsumura-san is currently planning is to build a large fence in the middle
of thetown to bring all of the feral cows here to care for. What keeps him going is a verystrong belief that he save the town of Tomioka -- until the day that all the residents beable to return home to this town.
15:22 (M) “By keeping the cattle alive, I can’t really say for what purpose yet, but I thinkwe can at least show people some hope, -- “Animals are still alive here, so it’s OK forus to return home too.”(Reporter) “You don’t know when everyone will ever be able to go back home …”(M) “I still have my belief. A belief that everything will be fine one day.”