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Hisashi Sasaki
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 23, 2015
Ex-convict helps inmates return to society
Shigeru Ono, a 49-year-old man fresh out of prison, was growing increasingly desperate.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Jul 14, 2014
Zookeeper reconnects humans and nature
Visitors to the Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo won't find popular exotic animals such as elephants or lions. Instead they can reconnect with a natural environment they're already familiar with.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 16, 2013
Keepers teach orphaned elephants to raise young
African elephants brought to zoos in Japan are often unable to raise their offspring because many lost their parents to poaching by ivory hunters.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 19, 2013
Zookeeper helps pad the rhino digs
To help save the rhino from extinction, a young keeper at Kanazawa Zoo is striving to make the captive environment for the mammals as close to what their natural habitat in the wild would be.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 23, 2013
Art, with the stroke of a heated pen
As an artist working in the medium of pyrography, Soji Hamada must execute every stroke of his heated pen with precision as he burns images of birds and animals into wood.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 22, 2013
Zoos a haven for wild animals, keeper says
Zoos play an increasingly important role in the preservation of wild animals, says Daisuke Kiryu, a keeper of reptiles at Yokohama's Nogeyama Zoo, which is known for successful artificial breeding of turtles designated as endangered species.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 1, 2013
Red pandas thriving at Nagano Chausuyama Zoo
Ko Tanaka likes to answer questions from children about the nearly 20 red pandas he helps look after at Nagano Chausuyama Zoo.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2013
Aquarium chief takes own path to saving sea turtles
Naoki Kamezaki, head of Suma Aqualife Park, Kobe's municipal aquarium, is known as an expert on sea turtles, a status he acquired by being an academic maverick.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 3, 2013
Flying flamingos still top draw at Miyazaki zoo
Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo is charming visitors with a flamingo show in which the pink birds actually fly.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 4, 2013
Tokyo aquarium exhibits Antarctic icefish with see-through blood
The Antarctic Ocean-dwelling ocellated icefish is an anomaly in the natural world, as the only vertebrate with transparent blood.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 25, 2012
Breeder at Tokyo aquarium takes on fragile cases to inspire respect for sea
For Kentaro Amemiya of Tokyo Sea Life Park, perspective is everything when dealing with a creature as unusual as the finespotted jawfish.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world