Swimming upstream to become a dragon

| Apr 12, 2014

Swimming upstream to become a dragon

by Mark Brazil

While shuffling back from my early-morning dip in a hot spring at Kambayashi Onsen, I noticed the fish in the garden pond. They had gathered, heads together, in a strange starlike cluster, as if for a piscine tête-à-tête. They were languorously wafting their tails ...

Mar 26, 2014

Eased hunting law eyed to cull deer

The government will seek to revise existing wildlife hunting laws in the current Diet session to halve Japan’s population of wild deer and boar over the next decade due to the widespread damage the animals cause to forestry and agriculture. The Environment Ministry estimated ...

Flightless bird species coming back in Okinawa

Mar 20, 2014

Flightless bird species coming back in Okinawa

The population of the Okinawa rail, a flightless bird native to northern Okinawa Prefecture, is recovering thanks to a campaign to capture an introduced predator — the Asian mongoose. The Okinawa rail, known as “Yambaru Kuina” in its native northern Okinawa Island, drew national ...