Yutaro Desaki

For Yutaro Desaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Invasive snapping turtles on the rise in Chiba, other areas

Aug 5, 2014

Invasive snapping turtles on the rise in Chiba, other areas

The population of snapping turtles has surged around Inba Pond in Chiba Prefecture increasing concerns that the alien species may pose a danger to humans and harm the local ecosystem. Snapping turtles, which inhabit a wide area from southern Canada through South America, have ...

Imported bee threatening Hokkaido ecosystem

Jul 3, 2013

Imported bee threatening Hokkaido ecosystem

A species of bumblebee imported to Hokkaido as a pollinator for greenhouse vegetables is rapidly expanding its presence in the wild and threatens to disturb the prefecture’s native ecosystem. Buff-tailed bumblebees, which are 1 to 2 cm and characterized by their white-tipped abdomens, have ...

Nov 28, 2009

Universities bringing research to the plate

reared from fry to tuna by Kinki University in Osaka Prefecture, is an exceptional hit product that emerged from academic research. The university began to study artificial breeding of tuna in 1970 and succeeded in developing fry into fully grown tuna in 2002 for ...