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Newspaper: Father and son in Fukushima jail since January after rescuing animals inside exclusion zone

Published: March 6th, 2013 at 12:05 pm ET
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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
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6 comments to Newspaper: Father and son in Fukushima jail since January after rescuing animals inside exclusion zone

  • markww markww

    THE JAPANESE GOVT ABANDONED PEOPLE AND ANIMALS AT FUKUSHIMA & JAPAN

    MARKWW


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      People and animals? Naw… just some worthless maruta. The Japanese government is the reincarnation of Unit 731.


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    • Jay

      How about digging deeper into this restriction zone handeling ?

      How about not wanting people to get air/ground samples and realize that WHAT is emmited means a Certain phenomenon is hapening inside Fukushima reactors ?

      It is idiotic besides totally irational to punish someone at That extend for exposing themselfs to radiation , never mind the animals . There is hanky-punky going on …


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  • We Not They Finally

    That so-called "exclusion zone" needs to be way way wider in any case — like maybe the whole of Northern Japan. It's despicable to jail people for trying to do deeds of mercy — I only wish that their efforts could have been turned to what MIGHT be yet salvaged. Like getting all the PEOPLE out of there — and not just from some narrow exclusion zone, but mass evacuation.


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