Chinami Yamashita

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Resort rattles isle's ecological sensitivities

National Jul 9, 2004

Resort rattles isle's ecological sensitivities

IRIOMOTE ISLAND, Okinawa Pref. -- Dubbed by some as the "Galapagos in the East," Iriomote boasts subtropical forests, mangrove swamps and a surrounding coral reef. Home to the rare Iriomote wildcats, the island, with its unique ecosystem, has been nominated by an Environmental Ministry committee ...