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Police arrest animal rescuers inside Fukushima evacuation zone — “They cannot be contacted and are being charged with crimes”

“…Some 80,000 people have been forced to flee the evacuation zone, and in many cases they have left behind pets, which are now dying of thirst or starvation. About 5800 licensed dogs are believed to be in the evacuation zone, plus thousands of unregistered animals and cats, along with beef and dairy cattle, pigs and a handful of exotic animals, such as the ostrich.

The Japanese government has been slammed for failing to allow owners back to their homes within the evacuation zone frequently enough to care for their pets. The government has also failed to implement a program to kill doomed livestock humanely….”

http://enenews.com/atrocious-police-arrest-people-helping-animals-inside-fukushima-evacuation-zone-they-cannot-be-contacted-and-are-being-charged-with-crimes

Kei Asanuma

Published: January 29th, 2013 at 12:10 am ET
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Source: The Hachiko Coalition Page
Date: Jan 28, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip

BREAKING NEWS: Two of the Hoshi Family Have Been Arrested as of Yesterday and detained by the Futaba Fukushima Police. Of course it is none other than animal activists Hoshi Hiroshi and Leo Hoshi. They cannot be contacted and are being charged with crimes. The Hoshi Hiroshi Family has been rescuing animals each weekend inside the zone and surroundings for almost 2 years as a private volunteer rescue group. This is atrocious and we will be showing our support. Stay tuned as we learn more. Please share with your friends in English, Japanese and other languages.

More on the Hachiko Coalition here

Activist Hiroshi Hoshi defies fallout to pluck animals from Fukushima dead zone

  • BY:RICK WALLACE, TOKYO CORRESPONDENT 
  • From:The Australian 
  • June 27, 2011 12:00AM

A SELF-DESCRIBED “animal rescue guerilla” has made a daring raid to the centre of Japan’s nuclear crisis to pluck to safety two dogs seen wandering around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

In recent months, Hiroshi Hoshi has made a series of trips to the radioactive dead zone around the plant to rescue distressed and abandoned pets while dodging roadblocks and police patrols.

He has come across countless animal corpses, dogs that had become cannibals and even an ostrich strolling the streets of a village within the 20km perimeter around the plant.

But perhaps the most amazing was the discovery via a camera trained permanently on the Fukushima Daiichi plant of the pair of Japanese Shiba dogs prowling around the highly radioactive plant more than three months after the beginning of the tsunami and nuclear crisis.

In the footage, the two biscuit-coloured dogs stand out clearly against the grey backdrop of wrecked reactor buildings and tangled metal, and they were spotted by supporters of Mr Hoshi, who were monitoring the internet feed of the camera.

“We knew those dogs would die eventually if they were left alone,” Mr Hoshi, 55, who runs an car parts distribution business, tells The Australian. “I thought, ‘If we can get there and possibly save them, why not?’.”

On June 5, he and several sympathisers donned protective suits and skirted police roadblocks in their car and drove right into the plant to where the camera is based. Before long, they had found the dogs, whisked them into their car and got them back to safety.

“For the past three months they have had such a tough time,” Mr Hoshi says. “When we got them, they weren’t even able to urinate or eat any kind of hard food. So we called up an emergency medical centre in Yokohama and they checked and treated them and then we took them to our home.”

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January 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Fukushima Exclusion Zone – A short story about cows – Video

David Henningson·

Published on 1 May 2013

FREE HIROSHI HOSHI, and LEO HOSHI, Fukushima Animal Rescuers

    1. Petition by

      The Hachiko Animal Federation

       

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      http://www.change.org/petitions/free-hiroshi-hoshi-and-leo-hoshi-fukushima-animal-rescuers

  1. Hiroshi Hoshi and Leo Hoshi were arrested on January 28th and are still in custody at the Futaba Police station.  They are under arrest for “allegedly” breaking laws.  We believe that that they are being targeted and unjustly detained due to their animal rescue of Fukushima animals.  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.  FREE HIROSHI AND LEO HOSHI!  Please sgin as an individual or if you are an animal group we need your support. Please read our letter below in English and Japanese and share it .  We thank you.

FREE HIROSHI HOSHI, and LEO HOSHI, Fukushima Animal Rescuers

To:
Fukushima Japan, Chief Prosecutor Toru Sakai
Your Honorable Mr. Sakai:
On behalf of the Hachiko Animal Federation, Inc, a non-profit organization in the United States we humbly request that you release the Hoshi Family, Hiroshi and Leo on their own merit and without any bail.

The Hoshi’s have actively rescued, cared for and placed animals in adoptive families for almost two years. Because of the unforeseen disasters in Japan, unfortunately, many of these animals were sadly left behind in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone, or Nuclear Zone. It appears that there were no plans in place to deal with such drastic human circumstances and much less to include the animals that were people’s household pets. The Hoshi’s have actively rescued over 200 animals on their own with very limited monetary resources. The Hoshi Family is a humanitarian group and their sole mission has always been and remains one of altruism; to help reunite animals with their families or to find new families for animals in need.

The Hachiko Animal Federation was formed to honor your national treasure and our mascot, Hachiko, the loyal Akita dog. Our mission was and remains to assist animal shelters in Japan as well as animal rescue groups and volunteers who received little or no aid from the Japanese government. Our group will continue to assist Fukushima animals and animals around the world.

May 7, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Letter From Hiroshi Hoshi the Japanese man arrested for helping animals from radiation!

(Source)
https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-hachiko-coalition-page/letter-from-hiroshi-hoshi/542703292441060

Friday, 29 March 2013

(PETITION) The Hachiko Animal Federation       
Image source ; http://hachiko-coalition.org/post/6966960429/the-australian-activist-hiroshi-hoshi-defies-fallout

http://www.change.org/petitions/free-hiroshi-hoshi-and-leo-hoshi-fukushima-animal-rescuers  

This letter is from Hiroshi Hoshi who  wanted to share it on Facebook

Image source ; http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article2946282.ece

“….We were transferred from Nihonmatsu police station to the Fukushima prison custody section on March 21, 2013. Our trial will start on March 27th.

It is involuntary for us but we will admit what we have done but we will also defend the legitimacy of our activities. 

We heard that there was somebody, who had worked with Hoshi family before, who said that “the Hoshi’s were arrested because of their own fault”.

I am shocked  by this person’s comment who had worked with the Hoshi family.  It is something comparable to abandoning a comrade. It is not only about Fukushima, but I feel many Japanese people are in a fog about many issues. 

Image source ; http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/adv/wol/dy/opinion/society_101012.htm

 

We are very grateful to the people who signed the petition (more than 2500 people), to those who donated to us and to those who made a supporting group. The custody section has no heating system and it is very cold,  but we want to thank our supporters here.

(P.S. The Hachiko team does the best in translating from Japanese to English considering time factors and volunteers in translating. If you find we missed something in translation, by all means email us.  Thank you.)

Original letter appeared in FB page Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Animals.

Here is the Japanese Version:

星 広志氏からの手紙です。FBに公開するよう要望がありましたのでお知らせします。

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3/21に二本松警察署から福島刑務所拘置区に移動になりました。1月末に逮捕されてからもうすぐ4月になろうとしていますが、3月27日から福島地裁で裁判が始まります。私達親子にとって不本意な裁判ですが、罪状を認めながらも、その行為の正当性は主張するつもりです。

私 達親子が逮捕されてから、FBでは、「星親子は勝手に捕まったんだから自業自得だ」と発言があったと聞いております。しかもそれを言うのが、以前一度は星 ファミリーと行動した人が言っているのですから、なおさら驚きます。もしこれが戦争ならば戦友を平気で見捨てるという事です。福島の問題に限らず、この国 の民の多くが天然ボケなのでしょうか。

星親子が逮捕された事を知り、既に2500名以上の方が釈放のためのサインや募金を下さっていると聞き、星親子を支える会を立ち上げてくださった有志の皆さんには大変感謝しております。暖房もない寒々とした拘置所の中からではありますが、皆様の応援にお礼申し上げます。

星 広志

 (Reference)
http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/free-hiroshi-hoshi-and-leo-hoshi.html

http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/police-arrest-animal-rescuers-inside.html

April 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Support Mari Takenouchi and Radiation Protection – The attack on Japanese truthtellers continues!

Office of the Prosecutor, Iwaki Branch, Fukushima Japan:

Support Mari Takenouchi and Radiation Protection

“Perhaps because everyone believes people telling them on television that everything is fine, they don’t seem so worried,” 281 Antinuke told Reuters.“I hope by leaving my art I can remind people that we’re not safe at all … and that they will do something to protect themselves.”

“We don’t know what will happen in the future, whether children will get cancer or leukemia,” he said. “So I want to keep making noise and making a fuss.”

“The nuclear accident allowed us to realize that Japan had hidden a lot of things,” he said. “I want to make images that express doubts about what’s going on in politics – like a label that says ‘This is happening, pay attention’!”  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/30/1259294/-Masked-Artist-Forces-Japanese-to-Think-About-Fukushima

Why this is important!!

Mari is facing charges stemming from speaking out on radiation in Japan and advocacy for families relocating children out of the areas contaminated by radioactivity from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor site, operated by TEPCO. Radioactivity continues to leave that site. It is well established that while lower levels of exposure to radioactivity lowers risk, the greatest hazard from radiation comes when children are exposed, raising the risk of cancer manifold over their entire lives.

The group ETHOS in Japan supports the decision by some to stay and live in contaminated areas. Sadly, some of these families feel they have no choice due to economics and other factors. Certainly young children have no choice. ETHOS advocates monitoring radioactivity, but well established science supports Mari’s views that there is no safe dose of radiation and that children need to be protected. We support open discussion, access to information and free choice. We ask the Prosecutor to agree that writing and speaking about these issues are not a crime.

Please Stand With Mari as she stands for precaution, protection and the rights of children to a healthy future. THANK YOU.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Office_of_the_Prosecutor_Iwaki_Branch_Fukushima_Japan_Support_Mari_Takenouchi_and_Radiation_Protection/?copy

 

“Hiroshi Hoshi and Leo Hoshi were arrested on January 28th 2013 and are still in custody at the Futaba Police station.  They are under arrest for “allegedly” breaking laws.  We believe that that they are being targeted and unjustly detained due to their animal rescue of Fukushima animals.  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.” Source 2013

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/05/07/fukushima-exclusion-zone-a-short-story-about-cows-video/

 

Letter extract May 7, 2013

To:
Fukushima Japan, Chief Prosecutor Toru Sakai
Your Honorable Mr. Sakai:
On behalf of the Hachiko Animal Federation, Inc, a non-profit organization in the United States we humbly request that you release the Hoshi Family, Hiroshi and Leo on their own merit and without any bail.The Hoshi’s have actively rescued, cared for and placed animals in adoptive families for almost two years. Because of the unforeseen disasters in Japan, unfortunately, many of these animals were sadly left behind in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone, or Nuclear Zone. It appears that there were no plans in place to deal with such drastic human circumstances and much less to include the animals that were people’s household pets. The Hoshi’s have actively rescued over 200 animals on their own with very limited monetary resources. The Hoshi Family is a humanitarian group and their sole mission has always been and remains one of altruism; to help reunite animals with their families or to find new families for animals in need.

The Hachiko Animal Federation was formed to honor your national treasure and our mascot, Hachiko, the loyal Akita dog. Our mission was and remains to assist animal shelters in Japan as well as animal rescue groups and volunteers who received little or no aid from the Japanese government. Our group will continue to assist Fukushima animals and animals around the world.

Continue reading

March 3, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments