The Australian, Mar 3, 2013: A Japanese animal rights activist who has been conducting missions to rescue abandoned pets within the Fukushima exclusion zone has been arrested and kept in a police cell for more than one month. Hiroshi Hoshi and his son, Leo Hoshi, were arrested by police on January 28 and taken into custody for illegally entering the 20km zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. [...] ‘‘The state confiscated 30 items of my belongings, including computers, to drive my business into bankruptcy and stop my funding,’’ he said. ‘‘Because of that I cannot operate with my business at all.’’ [...] Ruriko Yoshida, a friend of the Hoshis who has helped them with their rescues, said authorities were trying to minimise attention on the situation in Fukushima in the lead up to the second anniversary [...] ‘‘The Japanese government doesn’t want the world to see that they have abandoned the animals within the exclusion zone.’’ [...] Police in Fukushima prefecture confirmed the Hoshis were still being held.
Change.org Petition (177 signatures needed): FREE HIROSHI HOSHI, and LEO HOSHI, Fukushima Animal Rescuers… “They have actively rescued, cared for, vetted and adopted out over 200 animals left to die inside the Nuclear Zone by the Government of Japan.”
See also: Police arrest animal rescuers inside Fukushima evacuation zone -- "They cannot be contacted and are being charged with crimes"
Published: March 6th, 2013 at 12:05 pm ET