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'Delinquent' biker group still helping out in tsunami-hit areas

Feb 24, 2016

'Delinquent' biker group still helping out in tsunami-hit areas

Volunteer groups continue to assist the northeastern coastal communities nearly five years after the area was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. But one group stands out. Called Support the Underground, it includes a number ...

Nuclear zone holdouts, old dog 'Miracle' live on

Nov 28, 2012

Nuclear zone holdouts, old dog 'Miracle' live on

An old gaunt dog was spotted at a barn in a town in Fukushima Prefecture last August, apparently feeding off the carcasses of cattle abandoned after the nuclear disaster started in March 2011 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Naoto Matsumura, who had ...

Have mercy on the animals

Aug 8, 2012

Have mercy on the animals

Naoto Matsumura has been living in the no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant since tens of thousands of residents evacuated to flee the high radiation. He took on the task of feeding and caring for abandoned cattle whose owners were ordered ...