Solitary holdout refuses to leave Japan nuke zone

 In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura, along with his dog named Aki, checks on his rice paddy in Tomioka town, Fukushima, northe

Japan Earthquake The Holdout

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura, along with his dog named Aki, checks on his rice paddy in Tomioka town, Fukushima, northe

 In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura's dog Aki runs to meet him while he checks on his rice paddy in Tomioka town, Fukushima, n

Japan Earthquake The Holdout

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura's dog Aki runs to meet him while he checks on his rice paddy in Tomioka town, Fukushima, n

 In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura and his dog Aki return home after he checks on his rice paddy in Tomioka town, Fukushima,

Japan Earthquake The Holdout

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura and his dog Aki return home after he checks on his rice paddy in Tomioka town, Fukushima,

 In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura saws a fallen tree as it blocks a mountain road at an unknown location near or in Tomioka

Japan Earthquake The Holdout

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, Naoto Matsumura saws a fallen tree as it blocks a mountain road at an unknown location near or in Tomioka

Vines creep across Tomioka's empty streets. Dead cows rot where they were left to starve in their pens. Chicken coops writhe with maggots, a sickening stench hanging in the air.
This once-thriving community of 16,000 people now has a population of 1.
In this nuclear no-man's land poisoned by radiation from a disaster-battered power plant nearby, rice farmer Naoto Matsumura refuses to leave despite government orders.
The 53-year-old Matsumura's defiance is rare in a country where social consensus counts above everything else.
Yet, his civil disobedience speaks loudly of the plight of the more than 100,000 "nuclear refugees" who were forced to evacuate because of the nuclear disaster in the wake of Japan's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in March.