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St. Francis of Fukushima by Andrea Bennett

In Asia, biology, nature, politics, society on September 5, 2012 at 14:33

 

From: St. Francis of Fukushima by Andrea Bennett, Adbusters Magazine, http://www.adbusters.org

Naoto Matsumura’s body is completely contaminated with radioactive cesium. A year after the Tohoku earthquake, and the subsequent nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, the 52-year-old farmer is the final holdout in Japan’s government-mandated 20-kilometre nuclear exclusion zone.

He says he’s full of rage. He says he refuses to let go of hunger and grief. He says he wants to die in his hometown. Matsumura, and the surviving animals he tends to, have very little access to water, and no electricity. He scavenges leftover coal and rations gas for energy; he survives off tinned food sourced from outside the evacuation zone.

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