Despite having to evacuate their hometown because of the nuclear crisis there, a husband-and-wife veterinarian couple are continuing to provide a vital service to pet owners from near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Michiko Watanabe, 55, and her husband, Seido, 54, reopened their animal clinic in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, in April 2012, a year after the nuclear crisis began.

"We hope to provide a space where owners can feel relaxed," Watanabe said.