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For Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, 2022 is a landmark year, as the facility marked last month the 140th anniversary of its opening as the first zoo in Japan and will celebrate in October the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first giant pandas from China.

Ahead of the milestones, twin giant pandas were born at the zoo in Taito Ward last year, the first panda births there in four years, triggering excitement not only in the Ueno district but also across Japan.

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