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A wild bear spotted in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, in October 2022
Jan 15, 2024
Japan to bolster measures against bears waking up from hibernation
Each prefecture will be given ¥3 million to ¥5 million in financial resources to help with the measures.
A bear spotted in the town of Shibecha, Hokkaido, in June
Dec 26, 2023
Japan mulls designating bear populations for capture amid attacks
There were a total of 193 bear attacks in Japan between April and November, with six fatalities among the 212 victims.
A Tokaido Shinkansen Line bullet train
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 2, 2023
Tokaido Shinkansen train halted after apparent bear spray release
At least five passengers fell ill as the bullet train was halted at JR Hamamatsu Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff looks to pass against the Bears at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Football
Nov 20, 2023
Lions use late rally to edge Bears
Jared Goff overcame a shaky start to lead the Detroit Lions to a dramatic come-from-behind win over the Chicago Bears
Bears doing yoga? If you’re in the city, why not?
PODCAST / deep dive
Nov 16, 2023
Bear goes the neighborhood? Japanese wildlife is on the move.
This week, Alex K.T. Martin joins us to discuss why people are encountering bears, boars and other wildlife in the most unlikely of places.
If you spot a wild animal in the city, it's likely lost. Still, alert authorities immediately to prevent any unpleasantness.
ENVIRONMENT / Wildlife / Longform
Nov 13, 2023
The concrete forest: Bears, boars and more head to the cities
Warmer winters, less food and an aging society all play a part in why wild animals are increasingly venturing into human-populated areas.
A bear waits for passing cars that might provide food, on a road in Covasna, Romania.
Oct 23, 2023
Keep or cull? Romania divided over its bear population
In Romania, bear attacks are on the rise as the creatures venture out looking for food, often brought by tourists or left in unsecured garbage cans.
In residential areas, bears are said to be attracted to compost waste, persimmons and chestnuts.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 20, 2023
Bear attacks on the rise in Akita and Iwate due to lack of food
According to Akita Prefecture, a record 39 people were attacked from April through Oct. 11.
The site where four people were attacked by a bear in Akita on Monday
Oct 9, 2023
Four people attacked by bear in northern Japan
Akita Prefecture has had unusually high bear sightings, with police reporting a record 30 injuries from attacks this year.
Bear-caused deaths and injuries have been increasing and it is necessary for hikers to take precaution measures.
Oct 4, 2023
Japanese officials warn mountain hikers of bear attacks this fall
Bear-caused deaths and injuries have been increasing, prompting the government to warn hikers to take precautionary measures.
A brown bear codenamed "OSO18" in Shibecha, Hokkaido, on June 25
Aug 23, 2023
Hokkaido's elusive cattle-attacking 'ninja bear' shot by hunter
The brown bear is believed to have attacked a total of 66 cows since the summer of 2019.
Japan Times
May 27, 2023
Hokkaido bear attack shows need for better management of island's nearly 12,000 brown bears
The exact population of Hokkaido brown bears is difficult to pin down, but experts agree that the population at least doubled over the three-decade period between 1990 and 2020.
Japan Times
May 16, 2023
Bear attack on angler suspected after human head found at Japan lake
The lake, located in northern Hokkaido, draws anglers trying to catch Sakhalin taimen, a rarely caught fish in Japan, as well as trout and Japanese smelt.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2022
Canadian polar bears disappearing fast, study shows
The bears' sea-ice habitat has been disappearing at an alarming rate, with the far north warming up to four times faster than the rest of the world.
Japan Times
Oct 14, 2022
Bears come up inches short in Thursday Night Football loss to Commanders
The game pivoted in the Commanders' favor midway through the fourth quarter, as Chicago's Velus Jones Jr. muffed a punt return and Washington recovered the ball at the Chicago 6-yard line.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2022
Receding ice leaves Canada's polar bears at rising risk
Global warming is affecting the Arctic three times as fast as other parts of the world and sea ice, the habitat of the polar bear, is gradually disappearing.
Japan Times
Jan 11, 2022
'Black Monday' sees NFL coaches fired after disappointing seasons
The Dolphins, Vikings and Bears all parted ways with their head coaches after failing to make the playoffs.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2020
Wild bear attacks in Japan reach highest number in five years
The pandemic has been cited as a reason for the creatures becoming bolder and getting closer to human settlements.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2020
Hokkaido city calls in ‘Monster Wolf' to scare off wild bears
A mechanical wolf with fake fur, bared fangs and flashing red eyes is keeping residents and crops safe in the face of increasing encounters with bears.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Oct 30, 2020
Akita Prefecture taps bear expert to stop damage to farms
Due to depopulation and changing lifestyles, residents no longer take proper care of mountains, which some believe is causing bears to roam further.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves