Japan's imports pressure nearly 800 endangered species: study

National Feb 5, 2017

Japan's imports pressure nearly 800 endangered species: study

Japan's imports of foodstuffs, wood products and other commodities affect 792 endangered species in Southeast Asia and around the world, according to a study on the impact of Japanese consumer habits. A cup of coffee using imported beans, for instance, may push leopards in ...

Ex-hunter working to preserve unspoiled forest

National Nov 13, 2013

Ex-hunter working to preserve unspoiled forest

by Yusuke Onuma

A 71-year-old former bear hunter is credited with saving an unspoiled expanse of beech trees in Shirakami-Sanchi, a mountainous area straddling Akita and Aomori prefectures, from a planned forest road. Now he has a new concern: the adverse effects on the local ecosystem ever ...