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A man and his dog left in the radioactive zone

There is only one human left living in the silent radioactive zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant: a 53-year-old farmer who stayed to care for the animals abandoned there.

Naoto Matsumura has spent the last year in an eerie ghost town, making do without electricity, running water or human company.

“I don’t get bored,” he tells the space-suited reporters who seek him out. “There are lots of animals here, so I’m never really alone.”

A modern day Robinson Crusoe, Matsumura has become something of a folk hero to animal lovers around the world.

Read the rest of the story: Japan earthquake and tsunami: One man stays to tend animals left in the radioactive zone.