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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 of motorcyclists, ...

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 seen ...

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 to ...