Just One Man Remains in Fukushima Radiation Zone

Just One Man Remains in Fukushima Radiation Zone

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Just One Man Remains in Fukushima Radiation Zone – He’s Feeding All the Animals Left Behind

Naoto Matsumura is adamant: “Animals and people are equal.”

That’s why the 55-year-old rice farmer returned to the Fukushima exclusion zone after being forced to evacuate. Despite warnings about high levels of radiation, he wanted to check on his family’s farm dogs.

In the wake of the devastating March, 2011 earthquake and subsequent meltdown of the nuclear reactor in their hometown, most people left their pets behind, expecting to return in a few days.

When Matsumura defied government orders and returned to Tomioka, he discovered his neighbor’s dogs still tied up, starving and begging for help. Touched by the suffering, he decided to stay behind and care for all the area’s abandoned animals - pets, as well as, ducks, pigs, ostriches, cattle and a pony. 

One pooch he found had been locked in a barn for an entire year surviving only on the remains of dead cattle. Matsumura named him Kiseki or Miracle.”

Every day for four years he’s been exposed to high levels of radiation. In fact, a University of Tokyo doctor said after an examination, his body contained the highest amount of radiation of any person in Japan. But, he also told Matsumura that he wouldn’t feel any symptoms for some 30-40 years.

“So the animals and I are staying here,” he told a documentary filmmaker last year.

They welcome occasional visitors, like journalists and crews of international media - especially in March around the disaster’s anniversary. Supporters sometimes bring donated food and water for both him and his animals. He travels out of the zone, to speak about the hazards of nuclear energy, and to visit family.

Even in his beloved town ravaged by radiation, new life springs forth a calf, some kittens - while the fifth generation farmer raises a new generation of animals born there.

Match these verbs with ones from the text with the same or similar meaning.

1. to destroy

2. to leave someone or something

3. to give

4. to stay alive

5. to make someone do something

6. to be without food

7. not to obey

8. to leave one’s home

9. to go back

10. to appear

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a. to evacuate

b. to starve

c. to abandon

d. to defy

e. to spring forth

f. to ravage

g. to survive

h. to donate

i. to return

j. to force

Key:

1.f.  2.c.  3.h. 4.g.  5.j.  6.b.  7.d.  8.a  9.i. 10.e

Vocabulary

adamant

hajthatatlan

exclusion zone

elzárt övezet

to force

kényszeríteni

to evacuate

kiürít, evakuál

despite

valami ellenére

warning

figyelmeztetés

radiation

radioaktív sugárzás

in the wake of

valami nyomán, nyomában

devastating

pusztító

earthquake

földrengés

subsequent

rákövetkező, későbbi

meltdown

(nukleáris) magolvadás

to defy orders

szembeszegülni a rendelkezésekkel

tied up

kikötve

to starve

éhezni

to beg

könyörögni

to be touched

valami által megérintve

to abandon

elhagyni, magára hagyni

ostrich

strucc

cattle

marhák

pooch

kutyus

barn

istálló

to survive

túlélni

remains

maradványok

miracle

csoda

to be exposed to

kitéve lenni valaminek

symptom

tünet

occasional

alkalmi

crew

stáb, személyzet

disaster

katasztrófa

anniversary

évforduló

supporter

támogató

to donate

adományozni

hazard

veszély

nuclear energy

atomenergia

to ravage

tönkretenni

to spring forth

előbukkanni

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