Fukushima Monologue

In the no-go zone near a crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, one man chose to stay behind

Following the March 2011 accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, everyone within a 20km area was ordered to evacuate. Matsumura Naoto alone stayed put. For 10 years, he has taken care of animals abandoned by those who left. Only a few people have since returned, but the reconstruction is in full swing. Matsumura's home is changing beyond recognition. In Fukushima Monologue, we hear his story. It gives us a chance to reflect on resilience, and what is truly important.
2021 Jackson Wild Media Awards finalist
Our Human Planet - Long Form category