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Left To Die? Animals Of Japan Quake, Tsunami, Radiation



BACKGROUND
LIVES UNSEEN IN NUCLEAR GHOST TOWNS
Starving. Scared. Waiting. Animals are trapped in evacuated cities inside a 20km (soon to expand) radius around Fukushima’s shattered nuclear power plant. Since a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami (3/11/11) crushed over 400 miles of northeastern Japan coast, the damaged plant continues to emit inivisible rays. Residents are gone. But life is evident in these ghost towns. Some 4,000 cows, 31,000 pigs, 630,000 chickens, 100 horses — along with 5,800 registered dogs and an unknown number of cats — live unseen. They are without food, water, care or comfort.



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Kinship Circle was the first U.S. animal organization in Japan for ongoing search-rescue- aid. We are a 501c3 nonprofit working with Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) coalition groups in the field. PHOTOS: (C) Kinship Circle, Japan 2011

4/21/11: Japan activates nuclear emergency law for a 12-mile (20km) radius around Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. Authorities crack down on trespassers, including almost 80,000 residents under mandatory evacuation. The new edict shuts out animal rescuers too. Kinship Circle, working with JEARS, rescued exclusion-zone animals until the law activated with heavily policed checkpoints and up to $1,200 in fines and 30 days in jail. With Tyveck suits and radiation safety gear on hand, we wait. And explore relationships with authorities to gain entry into the exclusion zone. Sometimes roaming animals wander outside the no-go zone. They are the lucky ones.

4/27/11: Japan government will rescue exclusion-zone animals found outdoors, weak or injured. Animals will go to health centers (animal control). The fate of highly radiated animals is unknown. Reports (so far) reveal low levels in animals.
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Honorable and Respected Officials of Japan:

Please accept my deepest sympathy for suffering and loss related to Japan's earthquake, tsunami and radiation crisis. I wish the Japanese people success in renewing their infrastructure, economy and spirit.

I'm concerned, however, about animals trapped inside cities and villages in the 20km (soon to expand to 30km) radius around Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. I've read that some 4,000 cows, 31,000 pigs, 630,000 chickens, 100 horses — along with 5,800 registered dogs and an unknown number of cats — are without care. All are tame animals who rely on humans to survive.

Moreover, they are loved animals. They are wanted animals. People did not leave them behind by choice — people had no choice. I simply ask for their humane recovery, with food and water to sustain them until rescued.

I am encouraged by a new policy to rescue exclusion-zone dogs and cats found outdoors, weak or injured, with instructions posted about where to retrieve them. While the fate of animals with high radiation levels is unclear, I thank authorities for trying to help families distraught over their animals.

Residents who vacated the nuclear exclusion zone thought they'd return quickly or tend to their animals in brief visits. The government has rightfully limited access to safeguard them. Yet with each passing day, their anxiety grows. They wonder if their pets are alive. Because so many Japanese people share this predicament, I respectfully suggest that you accept help from qualified NPOs prepared to reunite-shelter-rehome animals and follow radiation safety protocol as set forth by authorities.

I also urge you to consider pending evacuation areas such as Idate. NPOs can extend the government's capacity to keep animals with their guardians. In fact, Idate officials have already approached local animal welfare groups regarding shelter for 700 registered animals.

Interim and long term plans ought to include input from Humane Society International (HSI) and International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) for a centralized no-kill shelter with decontamination/quarantine protocol, a publicized animal hotline, a searchable Internet database for lost pets, and a foster-adoption network for unclaimed animals. Experienced groups already on the ground, such as Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support (JEARS), Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Response, Minashigo-tai, UKC Japan, and other Japanese NPOs can help implement these vital steps.

Helping animals helps humans. Studies show immeasurable psychological benefits for people reunited with animals in the aftermath of disasters. The Japanese government is poised to show the world it is a voice for compassion and reduced suffering, be it human or animal. To Japanese people who love a displaced dog, cat, horse...animals matter, right now.

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Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan
Ryu Matsumoto, Minister of the Environment
Godochosha No. 5, 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8975, Japan
ph: +81-(0)3-3581-3351
email: moe@env.go.jp
webmail: www.env.go.jp/en/moemail
SOURCE: www.env.go.jp

Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

1-6-1 Nagatacho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914, Japan
ph: +81-3-5253-2111
email: kanteihp-info@cas.go.jp
webmail: kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment.html
SOURCE: tokyotomo.com/japan/japan_ministry.htm

Mr. Yorihisa Matsuno, Chairman
Democratic Party of Japan

National Assembly Office
100-8982 Tamati Hisashi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 1-2
Rep. Hall, Room 240 House of Representatives 2
ph: 03-3581-5111 (Ext: 7240); fax: 03-3508-8989
email: Ymatsuno@Trust.ocn.ne.jp

Kumamoto Office
860-0863Tsuboi, Kumamoto City
Kumamoto Prefecture, 4-3-35
ph: 096-345-7788; fax: 096-344-4801
email: y.matsuno@rhythm.ocn.ne.jp
SOURCE: matsuno-yorihisa.com

Mr. Kouriki Jojima
The Democratic Party of Japan

2-27 Miyamoto-cho, Kawasaki-ku
Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 210-0004, Japan
ph: 044-223-3195; fax: 044-223-3196
webmail: jojima.net/message.htm
SOURCE: jojima.net/office.htm

Government of the Prefecture of Fukushima
Governor Sato

2-16 Sugitsuma-cho
Fukushima City 960-8670, Japan
ph: +81 24 521-1111
email: kouho@pref.fukushima.jp
SOURCE: pref.fukushima.jp/index_e.html
Disaster Information Regarding the Nuclear Reactor: worldvillage.org/fia/kinkyu_english.php#data2


Embassy of Japan in the United States
Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
2520 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington D.C. 20008-2869
ph: 202-238-6700; fax: 202-328-2187
email: jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp
SOURCE: www.us.emb-japan.go.jp,
us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/d


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GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE, GREAT EAST EARTHQUAKE OF JAPAN
Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8914, Japan
ph: +81-3-5253-2111
webmail: form.cao.go.jp/cao/opinion-0001.html
webmail for disaster management suggestions:
form.cao.go.jp/bousai/opinion-0001.html
SOURCE: www.cao.go.jp

EXTREME DISASTER MANAGEMENT HEADQUARTERS
• Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan, Chair:
   kanteihp-info@cas.go.jp
• Ryu Matsumoto, Vice Chair, Minister of State
   for Disaster Management: moe@env.go.jp
• Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary
• Yoshihiro Katayama, Minister of Internal Affairs
   and Communications: www.soumu.go.jp
• Toshimi Kitazawa, Minister of Defense:
   infomod@mod.go.jp

DISASTER MANAGEMENT HEADQUARTERS
• Ryu Matsumoto Minister of State for Disaster
• Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary
• Yoshihiro Katayama Minister of Internal Affairs
   and Communications
• Toshimi Kitazawa, Minister of Defense

NUCLEAR DISASTER MANAGEMENT HEADQUARTERS
• Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan, Chair
• Banri Kaieda, Vice Chair, Minister of Economy,
   Trade and Industry: webmail@meti.go.jp
SOURCE: cao.go.jp/shien/en/1-data/1-org.pdf,
tokyotomo.com/japan/japan_ministry.htm



Japan Ministry of Defense
5-1 Honmura-cho, Ichigaya
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8801, Japan
ph: 03-5366-3111
email: infojda@jda.go.jp
Defense Facilities Administration Agency: info@dfaa.jda.go.jp
SOURCE: mod.go.jp/e/jdf/no01/info.html,
tokyotomo.com/japan/japan_ministry.htm


Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Minister Michihiko Kano

1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo-to 100-8950, Japan
ph: +81-3-3502-8111; fax: +81-3-3591-5747
email: kouhou_rinseika@nm.maff.go.jp
website: www.maff.go.jp

Director General of International Affairs Dept., Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF): isao_koya@nm.maff.go.jp

Director of Animal Products Safety Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: reiko_kokubunn@nm.maff.go.jp, kaoru_suzuki2@nm.maff.go.jp

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Kouichi Yoshida / Vice Minister of Agriculture: info@koichi- yoshida.jp
SOURCE: favv.be/foodstuffs/nuclearjapan...authorities.pdf,
Japan Foreign Press Center


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