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    Whaddya mean Doc? All the best stuff is made in Japan.

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    Default Ranch of Hope; Namie, Japan

    Defying Japan, Rancher Saves Fukushima’s Radioactive Cows

    NY TIMES
    January 11, 2014

    NAMIE, Japan — His may be one of the world’s more quixotic protests.

    Angered by what he considers the Japanese government’s attempts to sweep away the inconvenient truths of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Masami Yoshizawa has moved back to his ranch in the radioactive no-man’s land surrounding the devastated plant. He has no neighbors, but plenty of company: hundreds of abandoned cows he has vowed to protect from the government’s kill order.

    A large bulldozer — meant to keep out agricultural officials — stands at the entrance to the newly renamed Ranch of Hope like a silent sentinel, guarding a driveway lined with bleached cattle bones and handwritten protest signs.

    “Let the Cows of Hope Live!” says one. Another, written on a yellow-painted cow skull, declares: “Nuclear Rebellion!” Inside the now overcrowded ranch, bellowing cows spill from the overflowing cattle sheds into the well-worn pasture, and even trample the yard of the warmly lit farmhouse.

    “These cows are living testimony to the human folly here in Fukushima,” said Mr. Yoshizawa, 59, a gruff but eloquent man with a history of protest against his government. “The government wants to kill them because it wants to erase what happened here, and lure Japan back to its pre-accident nuclear status quo. I am not going to let them.” ...


    Ko Sasaki for The New York Times
    At Masami Yoshizawa’s newly renamed Ranch of Hope, which is in the evacuation zone
    created by the 2011 disaster at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Mr. Yoshizawa returned
    to take care of the abandoned cows on his own and other ranches in the area.

    Mr. Yoshizawa notes wryly that the cows are living much longer than they would have if they had been led off to slaughter.

    For now, the local authorities have come up with a very Japanese solution to Mr. Yoshizawa’s defiance: turning a blind eye. Town officials in Namie deny knowledge of him or anyone else living inside the evacuation zone — despite the fact that they have restored electricity and telephone service to the ranch.

    Mr. Yoshizawa does not make himself easy to ignore. He continues to appear in Japanese news media, maintains a blog with a live webcam of the ranch and holds occasional one-man protests in front of the headquarters of the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

    “Not all Japanese are passive,” Mr. Yoshizawa said. “My cows and I will show that there is still a chance for change.”

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    Live Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/希望の牧場

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    What we saw and heard in Fukushima, "The Ranch of Hope", Namie Japan


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    As long as he doesn't start a petting zoo.

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    LOL ^

    Chicago Beware!






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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    LOL ^

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    Hey, been there!!!

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    Petting would not be the big problem. If someone offers you a really good deal on Kobe Beef, I'd be suspicious.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    As long as he doesn't start a petting zoo.

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