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

Fukushima Monologue

  • The story of the man who cares for the animals left abandoned
  • Finding ultimate beauty among desolation and loneliness
  • With the backdrop of a town that benefited from the nuclear industry and was later devastated by it
  • Awards winning - International URTI Grand Prix for Author's Documentary 2021

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.

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