Eric Rechsteiner/Panos Pictures

Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Cattle belonging to farmer Masami Yoshizawa graze on fodder in fields. They have been there since the nuclear disaster and are contaminated so cannot be eaten. The authorities ordered Mr Yoshizawa to slaughter the cows and leave his farm, which is located in a part of Namie where radiations are still high, but he refused. He decided instead to turn it into a sanctuary for animals and to look after his cows until they die. The local media describe him as 'a mad man', but he has a very good understanding of the danger of nuclear energy, and he's been investing all his strength over the past 10 years to fight against the powerful nuclear lobby in Japan.

The town of Namie, located about 9 km north of the nuclear plant, was evacuated as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster being directly downwind from the power plant, and within the exclusion zone set up in response to the disaster. Following ongoing clean-up efforts, Namie's business district and town hall have reopened, but access to more heavily contaminated western parts of the town remains restricted.

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Eric Rechsteiner/Panos Pictures
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Namie, Fukushima Prefecture
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Japan
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42.33 x 28.25 cm (300 dpi)
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