Meet The Only Man Who Stayed In His Town After Evacuation For The Fukushima Disaster

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Naota Matsumara is the only resident left in his town after the government evacuated the other 16,000 residents because an earthquake caused a nuclear meltdown at a nearby plant. He refuses to leave Fukishima.

Since his town was evacuated a year ago, Matsumara has devoted his life to care of the animals left behind by their owners. Glen Milner at the Telegraph went undercover to record Matsumara’s life in the deserted streets of his town.

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This is Naota Matsumara, the 53-year-old who refused to leave when his town was evacuated.

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About a year ago, an earthquake caused a nuclear meltdown at the local plant. Matsumara says he heard a big bang and everyone in the town could tell it had exploded.

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Here's a news image of the wreckage caused by the earthquake, which resulted in high levels of radiation in the area.

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All 16,000 residents of the town were forced out to other housing, but Matsumara stayed.

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There's no one else around for about 15 miles and all the roads are deserted.

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Matsumara stays at his farm and has no plans to leave. At 52, he says he would be an old man before the radiation could kick in anyway. He says he is healthy.

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Matsumara says the main reason he stayed was to take care of all his pets and farm animals.

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Eventually, he began to go into the town and feed the dogs and cats there as well.

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While there's some power left in the town, all of the business and houses are shut down.

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The unused infrastructure in the town is already starting to deteriorate.

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It's unclear when, if ever, the town's residents are allowed to return.

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Matsumara says he felt lonely at night for a while but eventually adjusted.

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Because all of his animals are healthy, he reasons that the radiation can't be too dangerous.

Since the evacuation, the government has taken no steps to decontaminate the area and hasn't announced plans to do so.

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Matsumara hopes that one day his neighbours will return to town, but either way, he has no plans to leave.

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