Fukushima

Minutes before the tsunami that wrecked hundreds of miles of Japanese coastline hit land on March 11, an untold number of people flipped open their mobile phones and turned on their video cameras to record history in the making. New videos continue to pop up on Youtube and other sites.

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During a visit to a shelter in the disaster-struck city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture last month, leader of popular Japanese male idol group SMAP Masahiro Nakai passed out handheld game systems to children to help make their the shelter life a little more bearable.

However, this act of charity was soon surrounded in controversy as it was recently revealed that local officials were taking away the game consoles from some of the children. Read More

On June 25, at around 3pm, a strange scene was caught on camera via TEPCO’s live feed of the Fukushima I Nuclear Reactor site: several workers were posing and taking pictures of each other outside the No. 1 reactor. Read More

Video Shows Rabbit Born Without Ears In Fukushima

On May 21 a video of a rabbit supposedly born with no ears after the Fukushima nuclear accident was uploaded to YouTube. Though the exact cause remains unclear, many people are speculating that it could be an effect of radiation. Conversely, many also claim that the video is a hoax. Read More

Pikachu Exposed To High Levels Of Radiation, Evolves

Pikachu, the mascot character for the popular game Pokémon, is adored by people from Japan and the world over. Countless fans have shared their love of the little mouse by posting their own Pikachu artwork to sites across the ‘net.

Recently, one concerned fan has envisioned what may be happening to the Pikachu inhabiting the grass around the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant:

Tepuchu

Cesium Monster
Height: ??? m
Weight: ??? kg

Humans not equipped with Full Armor that approach Tepuchu die immediately.

Pokémarts across the country will soon offer ‘Radiation Stones’ for those unable to bring their Pikachu to Fukushima for evolution via direct exposure.

Fukushima: We Visit Expo Venue-Turned-Shelter

Koriyama city lies near the center of Fukushima prefecture and 58 km from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Radiation levels in the city have hovered around 2 mSv since March, and residents remain uneasy as the nuclear crisis drags on.

Even more can be said for the nearly 3,000 people in shelters in Koriyama who were forced to evacuate their homes. Furthermore, around 2,000 of these people are living under the same roof: Big Palette Fukushima, a five-story, 50,000 m² exhibition center.

On April 11th I visited Big Palette Fukushima to see what living conditions are like. Read More

On April 21 the Japanese government declared the 20 km zone around the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant a no-go zone, forcing volunteer animal rescue groups that had been working in the area to halt their efforts.

Before the no-go zone was enforced the groups had been working to rescue the cats and dogs left behind by their owners who fled after the nuclear crisis broke out. After being denied special permission to enter the area several of the groups appealed to the public to pressure the government into taking action. Read More

Fukushima: (UPDATE) Cattle on Abandoned Ranch Starve to Death, No-Go Zone Leaves Volunteers Helpless

For the latest information on the situation, please check here (May 5th)

In early April we accompanied an animal rescue team formed by several animal protection groups working within the 20 km evacuation zone around the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. In our first article, we reported the shocking scene of a ranch where the cattle had been abandoned by their owners who had fled after the outbreak of the crisis.

This time, we’d like to follow up on the report with updated information and unreleased photographs and video from the scene. Read More

An independent investigation conducted by a citizens group based in Fukushima has detected radioactive iodine-131 in the breast milk of several women living in areas around Fukushima. Read More

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

In part 1 of this story we reported on the efforts of several animal protection groups to rescue dogs left behind by their owners. In this next part we would like to shift the focus to the cats left in the same situation. Read More

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

We traveled with an animal protection group as they visited the town of Namie and the Otaka district of Minamisoma city, both of which fall within the designated 20 km evacuation zone.

While we were there the workers were able to rescue around 20-30 cats and dogs. They were transported to a safer area and placed under the care of volunteers until they could be adopted, or their real owners found.

Yet, despite their best efforts, there are few other groups willing to put their health on the line to rescue these animals, and the shelters are limited in resources and capacity. The grim truth is that some animals will be left behind.

Luckily, there are some people who, unable to forsake these abandoned animals, are staying behind as well. On major Internet forum 2channel, hype is surrounding the post of one such user who continues to live in Namie and look after abandoned pets. Read More

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

In our last two reports we covered the scene of a ranch where abandoned cattle had been left to starve and the efforts of a special team dispatched to rescue pets.

For our third report we’d like to share what we saw as we made our way through the city of Minamisōma, which suffered heavy damage from the earthquake and tsunami. As much of the city lies within the 20 km government-mandated evacuation zone, most residents have been forced to leave and remain unable to begin the reconstruction of their town.

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Fukushima: We Follow Special Team Dispatched to Rescue Abandoned Pets (Part 1)

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Following our last report of abandoned cattle being left to starve, this is the second in a series of articles where we report our findings from our time on the ground in Fukushima.

This time our reporters followed a rescue team formed by several animal protection groups working in the town of Namie, Fukushima who had been requested by residents to save pets left behind by their masters.

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Fukushima: Cattle on Abandoned Ranch Starve to Death, No Sign of Owner’s Return

For the latest information on the situation, please check here (April 25th) and here (May 5th)

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. This is the first in a series of articles where we will report our findings from our time on the ground in Fukushima.

The location for our first story is a ranch in Namie, a town located 10 kilometers from the nuclear plant. Here, instead of the lively sounds of farmers going about their daily work, the air is filled with the desperate cries of abandoned cattle. Going to the barn to investigate, we found that over half the cattle in every pen were dead, and the rest were letting out heartbreaking cries for help as they stood among the corpses.

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