• Mayumi Itoh
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)


This chapter “Conclusion” makes an overall assessment of the policy of the Japanese government on animals in Fukushima. The Japanese government failed to launch comprehensive and full-scale animal rescue operations in the exclusion zone and thereby abandoned most of the animals there. This resulted in the deaths of about 90 percent of the animals in the exclusion zone. This tragedy in Fukushima could have been avoided if only the Japanese government had allowed volunteer animal protection groups to legally engage in rescue work, even if not supporting their activities.

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  • Mayumi Itoh
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarPrincetonUSA

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