Japanese Veterinarian Tries to Save Animals in Fukushima Evacuation Zone






Dr. Shigeki Imamoto, who runs the Shinjo Animal Hospital in Nara Prefecture, Japan, realized that there were many veterinarians who were fighting to save dogs and cats in Fukushima, but what about the livestock? Considering them the forgotten victims, he’s made it his mission to fight for the lives of cows, pigs, horses and chickens, as well as help the region’s farmers.

Iwamoto became the chief medical advisor for the organization Farm of Hope (http://bit.ly/qjePKP), an organization that is trying to help farmers in the 20-kilometer “no go” radiation exclusion zone in Fukushima. The zone was declared a restricted area by the Japanese government on April 22, 2011, because of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Dr. Shigeki Imamoto

The Japanese veterinarian will be in the United States to help raise awareness of the plight of livestock abandoned in the evacuation zone in Fukushima Prefecture and will be giving presentations in California about the issue and his efforts to save the animals.

The Northern California talk by Dr. Shigeki Imamoto will be on Friday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, and is being sponsored by the JCCCNC and its Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. The event is free and open to the public.  Call (415) 567-5505 or email programsevents@jcccnc.org to RSVP.

The Southern California talk will be on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the SPCA, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach (in El Dorado Park). Iwamoto will be introduced by Dr. Yuko Nishiyama of Village Veterinary Hospital in Gardena.

For more information about Imamoto, see his YouTube presentation at http://bit.ly/xoDDpa.

The JCCCNC (www.jcccnc.org) established the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund on March 11, 2011, to provide aid to the citizens and survivors of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami. The fund was created to provide citizen-to-citizen assistance to bring hope and direct assistance to the most affected communities. NJERF has become the largest Japanese American community-based relief fund, with more than $4 million in donations to date. All of the donations go directly to citizen relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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