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For C.W. Nicol's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

A fine tree that's worth getting to know

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Sep 29, 2019

A fine tree that's worth getting to know

In postwar Japan, the government's Forestry Agency claimed that the Japanese beech was a useless tree. That's utter nonsense — beech wood is great for interiors and the tree is not only important for wildlife water management, but it also produces edible leaves and ...

Will our insects keep on disappearing?

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Jul 28, 2019

Will our insects keep on disappearing?

With concern, but little surprise, I read an article by Daphne Rousseau in The Japan Times on July 2 about a mass extinction of insects in Krefeld, Germany, near the Dutch border. There, based on a study going back almost 30 years, entomologist Martin Sorg ...

Come what may, we're doing just fine

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK May 28, 2017

Come what may, we're doing just fine

Rain had started pelting the cherry blossoms when I returned from Tokyo last month, squelching the plans of countless would-be outdoor revelers. Here in Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture the snow was melting and the Torii River, which rises in ancient Togakushi and is fed ...