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Howard Watanabe-Jin shares his story of Animal rescue in the No-go zone at Fukushima. A hero for other reasons.

 
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Howard Watanabe-Jin shares his story of Animal rescue in the No-go zone at Fukushima. A hero for other reasons.
(Howard was/is my contact with the animal rescuers in the no go zone. I cannot publish everything he gives me including pics, for their fear of being refused entry).

(Also, Mariko, in the first paragraph, he does not know, but organised contact with her for me. She has sent some great stuff to me, but again, they consider their work too important and made me promise not to publish it. Howard believes I got the contact because I am in Australia, and known).

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My name is Howard. This is a pic of an owl handed to me by a citizen patrol in Namie. I quit college to volunteer with 2 animal shelters in Fukushima. i have driven to the restricted zone i think about 12 times in 16 trips. Caroline and i obtained zone passes throught a mystery rescue woman named Mariko. I have driven through walls of rain, roads of snow.

I am by far no hero but a tourist who could not continue to read comments on facebook. There is a different world when you actually arrive in the Zone beit 10-20, or 30 km from Dai Ichi TEPCO.

Towns of Namie, Iidate and Futaba have been overtaken by the jungle . Wild boars have for 3 years busted open every farm house...and ravaged what were middle class and rural towns. Childrens bikes can still be found parked infront of low rise apartments.

Near this picture is a hair dresser. I talked to her that day of the owl rescue and she said there is only one person who comes to my shop for her thursday hair treatment. Everyone has left..no one wants to return. Its a ghost town. I mentioned to this woman who i am , my family situation, and why i am in Japan.

As i recall the drive through Fukushima was a rolling and curvy drive. Most of the roads are damaged and the curves are much sharper than those of which you would encounter on a Xbox game. Day and night is exactly like Jekyl and Hyde. Its pitch dark and the landscaped becomes filled with crickets chirping but not a sound of a bird. Day or night there are no birds.

Night brings ravaging wild boars. They can be heard approaching you like the thrashing of sugar cane plants. Yeah the mamma would give you the get back look as her piglets file past you.

All over Fukushima you can see the jungle strangle all signs of farm and human vehicles. Farm and older homes damaged by the March 11 Earthquake remain to this day as it was 3 years ago. Buildings and cars are marked with special markers to indicate if someone was found (not alive). Most towns now allow for limited resident return. These homes are well groomed and quite elaborate exemplifying i guess alot of wealth.

For one year a paper laid resting on a store front. i popped a 100 yen coin into the decaying newstand and i brought the paper home. We readers can get involved as part of the solution . Sure being crazy and actually going into the zone is not everyones cup of tea. However, online promotion of the real existence of radiation and suffering of animals and displaced refugees is the least i expect of rainbow warriors.

This Fukushima world disaster will be around way past the Abe Olympics. I know i will not be around but i know when i do pass from this life. I have done almost all i can do for Fukushima. I sold my car, lived a humble life working odd jobs. As mostly a self supporting single dad... my greatest supporter is my son. I will return again this year to bring home some animals. Sure i was going to start my woodworking business but the refugees and the ghost of the drowned victims of Tohoku cry out to me in my sleep.

All i ask of the rainbow readers is that you get involved and make some adjustments into your life to help others. Rescue a cat from a local shelter.

Whatever you do my readers make it be a tangible affect...upon a change . Though some company with me helping out in an animal shelter would be a bonus.

Owl rescue No one got this owl..he is no ones pow...hes free or was eaten by the crow...

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(He was/is my contact with the animal rescuers in the no go zone. I cannot publish everything he gives me including pics, for their fear of being refused entry).

My name is Howard. This is a pic of an owl handed to me by a citizen patrol in Namie. I quit college to volunteer with 2 animal shelters in Fukushima. i have driven to the restricted zone i think about 12 times in 16 trips. Caroline and i obtained zone passes throught a mystery rescue woman named Mariko. I have driven through walls of rain, roads of snow.

I am by far no hero but a tourist who could not continue to read comments on facebook. There is a different world when you actually arrive in the Zone beit 10-20, or 30 km from Dai Ichi TEPCO.

Towns of Namie, Iidate and Futaba have been overtaken by the jungle . Wild boars have for 3 years busted open every farm house...and ravaged what were middle class and rural towns. Childrens bikes can still be found parked infront of low rise apartments.

Near this picture is a hair dresser. I talked to her that day of the owl rescue and she said there is only one person who comes to my shop for her thursday hair treatment. Everyone has left..no one wants to return. Its a ghost town. I mentioned to this woman who i am , my family situation, and why i am in Japan.

As i recall the drive through Fukushima was a rolling and curvy drive. Most of the roads are damaged and the curves are much sharper than those of which you would encounter on a Xbox game. Day and night is exactly like Jekyl and Hyde. Its pitch dark and the landscaped becomes filled with crickets chirping but not a sound of a bird. Day or night there are no birds.

Night brings ravaging wild boars. They can be heard approaching you like the thrashing of sugar cane plants. Yeah the mamma would give you the get back look as her piglets file past you.

All over Fukushima you can see the jungle strangle all signs of farm and human vehicles. Farm and older homes damaged by the March 11 Earthquake remain to this day as it was 3 years ago. Buildings and cars are marked with special markers to indicate if someone was found (not alive). Most towns now allow for limited resident return. These homes are well groomed and quite elaborate exemplifying i guess alot of wealth.

For one year a paper laid resting on a store front. i popped a 100 yen coin into the decaying newstand and i brought the paper home. We readers can get involved as part of the solution . Sure being crazy and actually going into the zone is not everyones cup of tea. However, online promotion of the real existence of radiation and suffering of animals and displaced refugees is the least i expect of rainbow warriors.

This Fukushima world disaster will be around way past the Abe Olympics. I know i will not be around but i know when i do pass from this life. I have done almost all i can do for Fukushima. I sold my car, lived a humble life working odd jobs. As mostly a self supporting single dad... my greatest supporter is my son. I will return again this year to bring home some animals. Sure i was going to start my woodworking business but the refugees and the ghost of the drowned victims of Tohoku cry out to me in my sleep.

All i ask of the rainbow readers is that you get involved and make some adjustments into your life to help others. Rescue a cat from a local shelter.

Whatever you do my readers make it be a tangible affect...upon a change . Though some company with me helping out in an animal shelter would be a bonus.

Owl rescue No one got this owl..he is no ones pow...hes free or was eaten by the crow...

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 Quoting: Citizenperth


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bump Thanks for the time and effort, again.
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bump Thanks for the time and effort, again.
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he's an awesome guy.. this is his response for my permission to post his story:
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Citizen Perth awesome man, can i share this?
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Howard Watanabe-Jin Affirmative mr Perth. But my story is rather hum drum dry.
It's like a dream when I recall the moments . No pic can portray the cluster fuck caused by radiation . Videos do set the mood but no chirping of birds . Not a bumble bee. Very messed up . Between anniversaries there is not a day of which goes by in which I say how can I help more or why am I here ... I sit looking at my son creeping him out .... I love the boy so much but my heart is for the less fortunate . I am a terrible dad . My son became a teen and a mature young man in my absence .
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Citizen Perth you're a fine person in my book howard
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Re: Howard Watanabe-Jin shares his story of Animal rescue in the No-go zone at Fukushima. A hero for other reasons.
he's an awesome guy.. this is his response for my permission to post his story:
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Citizen Perth awesome man, can i share this?
2 hours ago · Like · 1

Howard Watanabe-Jin Affirmative mr Perth. But my story is rather hum drum dry.
It's like a dream when I recall the moments . No pic can portray the cluster fuck caused by radiation . Videos do set the mood but no chirping of birds . Not a bumble bee. Very messed up . Between anniversaries there is not a day of which goes by in which I say how can I help more or why am I here ... I sit looking at my son creeping him out .... I love the boy so much but my heart is for the less fortunate . I am a terrible dad . My son became a teen and a mature young man in my absence .
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Citizen Perth you're a fine person in my book howard
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There are unsung hero's all around us. what a selfless sacrifice to make. The governments and citizens of the world should take a lesson from people like this. The first act of any citizen appointed government is to make sure the sick/disables/unfortunate are looked after.

It is going to take some kind of sacrifice from all of us to make this world into what WE ALL want it to be, and although it won't be to the extend of this example, it will be hard for a lot to make a change for the betterment of humanity.
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he's an awesome guy.. this is his response for my permission to post his story:
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Citizen Perth awesome man, can i share this?
2 hours ago · Like · 1

Howard Watanabe-Jin Affirmative mr Perth. But my story is rather hum drum dry.
It's like a dream when I recall the moments . No pic can portray the cluster fuck caused by radiation . Videos do set the mood but no chirping of birds . Not a bumble bee. Very messed up . Between anniversaries there is not a day of which goes by in which I say how can I help more or why am I here ... I sit looking at my son creeping him out .... I love the boy so much but my heart is for the less fortunate . I am a terrible dad . My son became a teen and a mature young man in my absence .
2 hours ago · Like · 2

Citizen Perth you're a fine person in my book howard
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 Quoting: Citizenperth


There are unsung hero's all around us. what a selfless sacrifice to make. The governments and citizens of the world should take a lesson from people like this. The first act of any citizen appointed government is to make sure the sick/disables/unfortunate are looked after.

It is going to take some kind of sacrifice from all of us to make this world into what WE ALL want it to be, and although it won't be to the extend of this example, it will be hard for a lot to make a change for the betterment of humanity.
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here's more from just now:
(these are all members of the Rainbow Warriors)
(all directed to Howard)
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Steve Holmes Howard, you are a man of passion, action and compassion. You know how to live while others sit and watch.
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Marie-laure Arnaud Howard Watanabe-Jin you are a true man of compassion. You live your life with passion and many of us don ´t have the gusts to even think of doing it. Don ´t worry about you son he will always remember what you have done and be proud of you.
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Howard Watanabe-Jin Mary it's not guts it's compassion motivated by tragic losses of family friend and animals . I guess where I am now is actually led by life circumstances . We all have choices as a single person as a parent as a person with no animals or some animals ... There r trade offs in life . My neighbors when my car was towed away laughed at me . When I go to work they are sittin drinking beer with their wives working their asses off . I had 1 cat left from 3 rescues from local SPCA . Now I am up to 3 .

But it will be 6 before Xmas 2014 . I have a choice now to complete my wood shop with my money saved or fly to adopt 2 more cats of which r Fukushima survivors . It's a matter of choices . The decision is simple and it involves a change in lifestyle and career choices . Just like raising a child . I gave up promotions to be there for my son : choices of which when I am looking at people having dinner thru a window and I am starving : I say dinner or sons computer ; other times , dinner or cat food . I have a guinea pig , a lizard and also a ex wife ( free loader ). Choices ...no guts people have to say ok enough I can do it ... No more credit cards no more walmart no more car ...

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Last Edited by CitizenPerth™ on 03/06/2014 03:33 AM
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So then citizenperth, are you actually doing anything about this disaster? or just spouting BS on the web?

Food for thought.
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what? no really what?

what the fuck are YOU doing apart from trolling me?

i don't need to go into what i do, you obviously should already know, as you wank on all of my threads with disparaging and dishonourable fuck all nothings....

yer gone troll.....

ps: (next time change yer nic from AC#...808.. you won't be so obvious.....

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The area of four settlements near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has been covered by wild boars, pigs and raccoons. The Ministry of the Environment is drafting a decision to kill the animals that are currently roaming the settlements whence the population has been moved out due to high radiation levels.

Experts believe that a person's accidental meeting with a wild animal may end in a tragedy, so wild animals should not be allowed to wander about randomly over the area, the Interfax news agency reports.

According to the Mainichi newspaper, 120 wild boars have been trapped in the Tomioka settlement, the boars that did great damage to local buildings and agricultural crops.

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The area of four settlements near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has been covered by wild boars, pigs and raccoons. The Ministry of the Environment is drafting a decision to kill the animals that are currently roaming the settlements whence the population has been moved out due to high radiation levels.

Experts believe that a person's accidental meeting with a wild animal may end in a tragedy, so wild animals should not be allowed to wander about randomly over the area, the Interfax news agency reports.

According to the Mainichi newspaper, 120 wild boars have been trapped in the Tomioka settlement, the boars that did great damage to local buildings and agricultural crops.

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 Quoting: Goofy for God


arghhh... so with that metality, they are killing wild boar for destroying homes that WILL NEVER be resetled.... sigh*...

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