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17 February 2014

France – Germany – Switzerland : Naoto Matsumura, Victim of Fukushima, Will Talk About the Nuclear Catastrophe – March 2014

Naoto Matsumura
France – Germany – Switzerland : Naoto Matsumura, Victim of Fukushima, Will Talk About the Nuclear Catastrophe – March 2014

Naoto Matsumura : victime de Fukushima, résistant à Tepco et témoin vivant de la catastrophe nucléaire
Summary of article by Pierre Fetet, 
16 February 2014

Naoto Matsumura’s travel schedule follows this summary of Pierre Fetet’s article.

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the Fukushima catastrophe, Naoto Matsumura, called “the last man in Fukushima”, will arrive in Paris on 4 March 2014. His journey in France will last 10 days and will include a visit to Fessenheim. At each stage of the journey, he will talk about what a nuclear catastrophe is really like: loss of his land, the disappearance of his community, the abandonment of animals and respect for life, the deterioration of health, exile without the possibility of return.

Voices are being raised in France, criticizing his trip and trying to stop him from coming. Because Naoto Matsumura has disobeyed the Japanese Government by refusing to evacuate the contaminated zone of Fukushima.

His presence will challenge the pro-nuclear nation. The French are aware of the reality of a nuclear catastrophe. They live mostly in denial of the danger and lack awareness of the possibility of such a catastrophe. “We cannot produce electricity by other means!” say the French. At the same time, they are careful not to mention Japan where most of its 51 nuclear reactors have been shut down for almost 3 years.

Naoto Matsumura is coming to Europe to say that it is still possible to choose a way other than nuclear power. We very much thank this man who has the courage to come to talk about the terrifying events he has witnessed for the last three years in his country. Antonio Pagnotta and Catherine Connan are to be thanked for having dared to conceive, and then realize, this trip which will be extraordinarily rich in encounters and exchanges.

In order to financially support this trip, you may either participate on line, or send your donation by post addressed to “Le dernier homme de Fukushima à Fessenheim.”

To learn more, visit the dedicated site (in French), and in particular, the frequently asked questions: FAQ.

Travel schedule of Naoto Matsumura

4 – 14 March: Visit to France

Naoto Matsumura will be accompanied by Ren Yabuki, Kazumi Goto (interpreter), Catherine Connan, Pierre Fetet, and Antonio Pagnotta during his travel in France.

4 March : Arrival in Paris of Naoto Matsumura et Ren Yabuki.

5 March : Visits and meetings in Paris.

6 March : Participation in a conference on Fukushima in the 2nd arrondissement.

7 March : Visit to the targeted site of the landfill for radioactive waste at Bure (Haute Marne) and meeting with those locally involved in the fight against the CIGEO project.

8 March : Visit to the Vosges forest and meeting with anti-nuclear activists

9 March : Participation in the demonstration for closure of the nuclear plant at Fessenheim

10 March : Meeting with wine producers in Alsace, conference and closing session of inter-school exhibition (Molsheim, Obernai et Barr) of the photos of Antonio Pagnotta at the Lycée Schuré in Barr.

11 March: Press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

12 March : Participation in a Round Table on the lessons of Fukushima in Strasbourg

13 March : Meeting with high school students from the Lycée Théodore Deck in Guebwiller, visit with an organic farmer, visit to the photovoltaic plant in Feldkirch, public meeting with people living in the vicinity of the nuclear plant at Fessenheim.

14 March : Meeting with the Mayor of Fessenheim, visit with an inhabitant living near the nuclear plant, meeting with farmers.

15 - 21 March: Visit to Germany and Switzerland

16 March : Visit to Wyhl and Weisweil, Baden Würtemberg, main sites of the anti-nuclear resistance in Germany

17 March : Participation in the vigil at Müllheim, meeting with German farmers.

18 March : Conference at the Haute École Pédagogique in canton Vaud (Lausanne).

19 March : Vigil in front of WHO in Geneva with IndependentWHO

21 March : Return to Japan

NB : This program may be slightly modified depending on the progress of the project.

Article in French :


  1. Can the animals survive without food and water for 2 weeks while Mr Matsumura is on holidays?

    1. Marie Linton, journalist in Tokyo, has written an excellent article published in the Tribune de Genève about Naoto Matsumura, She writes that he decided to return to and live in the “forbidden” zone of Fukushima, after ensuring the safety of his parents (now living in southern Japan) and sister and her children. He was disturbed by the animals left behind in this zone: cows which starved to death iafter their owners abandoned them. He began by looking after the animals on his parents’ farm, and today, tends 70 cows, a pony, 2 ostriches, a dog and 3 cats, as well as the abandoned cats in the surrounding area. In the beginning, there was no running water or electricity. Afterwards, his home was decontaminated and electricity restored. He receives donations from around the world to aid his efforts in caring for these animals.

      I am sure that this help includes people who are tending the animals in his absence. Hopefully, they are protecting themselves from the radioactivity in the area.

      Ms. Linton’s article in French :

    2. We have just learned from our contacts at IndependentWHO (http://independentwho.org/en/) that Mr. Matsumura's brother is looking after the animals back in Japan. Mr. Matsumura joined the association's vigil in front of WHO Headquarters in Geneva on 19 March. A German film crew from ARTE was present, preparing a documentary on WHO's inept handling of the Fukushima aftermath (denial of health effects) and H1N1 "pandemic".

      Since 26th April 2007, the anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station, IndependentWHO has mounted a permanent, silent vigil in front of the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. The objective is for WHO to fulfill its duty to protect those populations affected by radioactive contamination, and therefore, among other things, to revise the agreement that it signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 28th May 1959 (WHA 12-40). This agreement makes WHO subordinate to the authority of the IAEA, the global promoter of the nuclear industry, in matters relating to ionizing radiation.


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