War on invasive species continues

National Apr 8, 2014

War on invasive species continues

by Yusuke An and Keita Funaki

With an ever-increasing number of foreign aquatic species threatening ecosystems in many areas of Japan, municipalities are calling on people not to release them into the local environment. Most of the foreign species, such as bluegill and red-eared slider, are believed to have been released ...

Isahaya ruling puts the state in a quandary

National Nov 13, 2013

Isahaya ruling puts the state in a quandary

The fate of the contentious plan to open the floodgates of the Isahaya Bay dike protecting filled-in land in Nagasaki Prefecture has become even more uncertain now that a district court has ruled that the government must keep them closed, in direct contradiction to ...

Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

National Sep 15, 2013

Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

by Ryoichi Numata

Alien plants believed to have been unwittingly transported by tourists to Mount Fuji are threatening to destroy or damage the ecosystem of the nation's newest World Heritage site and even its landscape, researchers say. In a recent study of plants along the Fuji Subaru Line ...