April 20, 2011

Please help us saving animals in Fukushima!

Sorry that I haven't got a time to update.  There are so many things that I want to tell you about the situation in Japan, but here is the urgent matter we are facing now.  Please read below message.   *This post is originally from Animal Information Blog for Japanese Disaster)

As you know, my home country Japan is in a terrible situation with earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plant accident that occurred on 3/11.

With the level of help needed, the Japanese government has been blamed that they are too slow to react and provide help in an efficient manner to those that are needed. Of course that delays the help to those that are most vulnerable - pets and other animals.

Originally a 20 kilometer radius around the nuclear plant was designated as an evacuation area. At first, the residents in this area were told to "Evacuate immediately, but you will be able to come back here within a day or two", so they left everything including their pets (they were told pets were not allowed in the shelters). However, after a while they were told by their government that their "home town" has became officially off-limits and they have not been allowed to go back to their homes to get their belongings, pets or other animals.

A month later the earthquake/tsunami, inside of the nuclear evacuation area in Fukushima is in an extremely catastrophic situation for animals left behind including domestic animals (dogs, cats and other small animals) and farm animals (cows, pigs and birds). It has been reported that there are 14,000 cows, 44,000 pigs and 1,890,000 chickens left with no food or water within the 20 kilometer radius around the nuclear plant. (These numbers could be more.) Many of them are already starved to death because Japanese government refused to help even though many have been pleading.

Among the animals who were left in this area, who were able to escape their leash, roamed around the area looking for their owners and food/water. Some cannot even walk anymore so they just sit in front of their owners’ homes waiting for their return. Many cows and their calves in the barns are dead from starvation, cats who are stuck inside of the house are so starved they eat each other. These scenes are literally hell on earth.
Following is a video showing you the area. (I apologize in advance, some of the images are hard to watch.)

Many animal rescue groups were forced to decided themselves to go into the evacuated area and rescue some of the animals, but there are way too many. These organization need government help to rescue animals in the evacuation area including proper protection cloths, cars and equipment which currently they get none. They were forced act upon with their own risk and as a government, that is irresponsible, not to mention inhumane to animals and their people.

Those animal rescue volunteers are going out to rescue or feed the animals in the evacuation area with no radiation protection provided by government. Everyday, they go out to these dangerous zones and continue looking for animals they can help.

In Japan, animals are viewed as "one's belongings" under the law and they are not viewed as "life". This comes from an old Japanese custom. Hence, there is no modern widely accepted animal protection law like in Western culture, it is creating a struggle for animals and rescuers in Japan especially in a situation like this.

Because you are not allowed to remove animals from their property without their owner’s explicit permission, animal rescue groups leave food and water for these animals wherever they can, but it is clear that for both people and animals, it is clearly passed their physical and mental capability to continue like this.

I understand that human life comes first, but in the evacuation camp, many people have lost everything--family, friends and home. Their only hope is to find and reunite with their missing pets. Some cannot sleep or eat because they feel so guilty about leaving their pets behind. Many people fell ill because of this stress.

There may be people who don't care about pets or animals, but there are people that are healed by our animal friends.

From the sanitary stand point, it is also important to point out that it is unsanitary to keep all the dead animals left in that area. Currently within those 20 kilometers from the nuclear plant, reported 14,000 cows, 44,000 pigs and 1,890,000 chickens and many dogs & cats are left there to die from starvation, many of them already dead. With that large number of dead animal left in the area, we cannot eliminate the possibility of zoonotic diseases spreading and the longer they wait the more chance of that with higher need of man power and cost to clean up the affected area.

If the Japanese government decided to provide support in those areas, it would only take a couple of days. If only our government supported them, those animal organizations would not have to risk their lives to stay long periods of time in such a dangerous area to do what they are doing.

Saving animals, saves people’s lives.

Japanese people love their pets, but they really need their government NOW to help their much loved animals.

UPDATE: On 4/20, has reported that Japanese government designated this area as "Caution Zone" which has legal power to restrict people from entering the area. They are allowing residents to go back to their homes and gather their belongings before such "Caution Zone" start to take effects. We would like to make sure that the Animal Rescue Groups and volunteers will also be allow to enter the area with the aid from the government (including proper protection gears from radiation and equipment) and rescue as many animals before its official close up.

I beg you to please encourage Japanese government to do the right thing.

Thank you very much for reading this.

We Japanese are very much thankful to those who are helping us all over the world, but we are very much frustrated by our own government.

Here is a petition site:

Tell the Japanese Government that the cruel act of starving animals must finally be made illegal

We do need your help to let the Japanese Government understand how important it is to save as many animals as possible, so please tell the world what is happening now in Japan.

We will keep doing whatever we can do, and I will update soon. Thank you.

March 18, 2011

7 days has passed...

First of all, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the people all over the world who have been praying for Japan.

At that time, I was at home and felt the quake. Though it was not so strong and we had no damage here in Kyoto, it continued about a couple of minutes and made me sick.

According to today's newspaper, 6548 people are confirmed dead, and another 10,000 people are still missing. Countless people are in shelters and we all are worried about their health due to lack of food, drink, medicine, and heating supplies (it's pretty cold these days and snowing...)

Of course we have sent lots of donations including food, drink, clothes, blankets, and daily necessities from all over Japan (and thanks God, we had lots of donations from all over the world!!),  but some roads are crushed and there are still some people who are isolated.

 Besides that, what bothers us most is that we are running out of gas out there. Even though we have huge amount of quake aid piled up in the storages, we have very little ways to deliver them.

I believe professional rescue teams (including some foreign teams!!) are doing their best, but at this point, no volunteers (except those who live near the disaster-stricken area and have cars with enough fuel) are allowed to go there as to prevent ourselves from being refugees, so all we can do now is to pray for the survivors to hang in there until lifeline will be back.

Another thing is that due to the rolling power outages, Tokyo and surrounding areas (yellow part of the map above) are asked to spend hours without any electricity.

And, of course, the nuclear problem. As you might already know, we are facing the risk of nuclear leak.

I felt so powerless.... I've never felt like that people are as small as an ant.

But it was no one but the survivors who encourages me. When I watched TV helplessly, did nothing but sobbing, a man, who survived the Tsunami but lost his home and was searching debris mound looking for his family, told the interviewer "we have to face up and move on! Now we have no choice but to ask favors to others, but we will promise to get over it and rebuilt the city again!"

People are people. Not an ant.

We have power. All of you give us the power!!!

And, this photo from a newspaper (Yomiuri Shinbun Newspaper dated Mar. 15 photographed by Hiroto Sekiguchi)   I'm not sure if it is okay to show you this picture on the net (in terms copyright), but I would really like to let you know that we have hope!

The 4-month-old baby was rescued form a flooded house after 68 hours the Tsunami hit.   Isn't it a miracle!?  Isn't this a great picture!?

Now, we also worry about animals there.  Lots of pets are missing, might be trembling and starving, looking for their owners.  The official animal rescue team and some private rescue teams have already been there and struggling for saving animals.

This is what we've seen on TV. (I heard that these dogs are saved and taken care by a vet now.)

All animal lovers (including me!!!) are trying to figure out what we can do to help animals.  I myself set up a website regarding pet rescue.  I don't know what I can do now, but I feel that we all are united, and very positive!!!

Thank you very much those who care about us and  gave me comments on the previous post.

Thank you Sugar the Golden Retriever,
Thank you Olive and her Mom,
Thank you Benny and Lily,
Thank you Ludo van Doggy,
Thank you Lacy,
Thank you Maggie and Mitch,
Thank you Mango Momma,
Thank you ASTA and Mom,
Thank you Addie, Lucie and Hailey
Thank you Velcro, kodak, 3 perf, blossom, Skye and mom Penny,
Thank you Morgan & Maisie,
Thank you dw,
Thank you Rudy,

We love you all!!!!!!!!!!   I'll keep update sometime soon!

March 13, 2011

Please pray for us, pray for Japan!

It's been a nightmare.  I can hardly believe what I've seen on TV.  The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami has been hitting Japan over and over and over...  It doesn't seem to be stopped.  Thousand of people are dying and missing, and to make matters worse, a nuclear power plant was hit by an explosion after the quakes.

Is this real?  or a Hollywood Movie???

One thing really makes us warm and appreciate is that many countries offer help to Japan, and many many many people are praying for Japan...

I've been thinking what I can do to help the victims and their dogs and cats.

January 12, 2011

Time goes by

Smiley sleeping Cota

... with Bunta.

A few minutes later...

Cota's feet are out of his bed.

Another few minutes later...

Half of his body is out of bed...

Hey, is your bed already too small for ya???

Just 3 months ago, you are like this...
You are growing too fast, Cota!

January 7, 2011


Cota & I watch out for strangers and guard the neighborhood at the balcony whenever it's sunny.

Well... to tell you the truth, I always fall asleep, and  Cota is actually watching birds!