Three reactors, after being damaged by a tsunami and an earthquake in March 2011, went into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan.
Everybody within twenty kilometers of the nuclear plant was evacuated. Surprisingly, a fifty-five-year-old man, Naoto Matsumura, decided to stay behind. He was the only one left out of 80,000 people.
But why did Naoto choose to stay behind in such a dangerous place? For him, it was because of his animals he left behind.
When Naoto Matsumura went back to the ‘forbidden’ area to look after his pets, he discovered that several other animals were dying because they were suffering from lack of food and water. It was exactly for that reason that he chose to defy the dangers posed by the radioactive zone and stay behind to take care of every living animals he could find.
To feed the animals around him and himself, ha has completely depended on donations and imported water and food since he was refused help by the government as a result of his lack of authorization to stay in the radioactive zone. Now, Naoto’s supporters call him the Guardian of Fukushima’s animals.
Naoto is an example of people who truly put others before themselves, and holding to what they believe is the right thing, even if it would involve making a huge sacrifice.
Here’s our question: Is there a thing in your life you can do to embody this selfless attitude of Naoto?