Japan to compile guidelines to address animal hoarding

Sep 16, 2017

Japan to compile guidelines to address animal hoarding

The Environment Ministry plans to compile guidelines for municipalities from fiscal 2018 to deal with the issue of people keeping more pets than they can handle. Some pet owners are known to let their animals — mostly cats or dogs — breed out of control ...

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

| Aug 7, 2017

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

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Fire ants, a venomous, highly invasive nonnative pest, have been spotted over the past few months in various parts of Japan, prompting the Environment Ministry to both warn the public to seek immediate treatment for stings and take measures to prevent further infestation. First detected ...

Japan's national parks slated to get LAN services

Jul 25, 2017

Japan's national parks slated to get LAN services

The Environment Ministry will set up public wireless LAN services at national parks by the end of fiscal 2017, hoping to draw more overseas tourists. Under a project announced last week by the ministry, free wireless LAN will be available in 63 visitor information centers ...

Fire ant found in cargo bin at Tokyo port

Jul 7, 2017

Fire ant found in cargo bin at Tokyo port

A fire ant has been found in a container unloaded at the Oi cargo terminal at the Port of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Thursday, confirming the venomous and highly invasive species has entered the Kanto region following discoveries at ports in western Japan, ...

Third fire ant infestation confirmed at Nagoya port

Jun 30, 2017

Third fire ant infestation confirmed at Nagoya port

A third fire ant infestation has emerged at Nagoya port, following two similar discoveries last month in Kobe, the Aichi Prefectural Government said Friday. The aggressive reddish-brown ants, highly invasive and native to South America, are feared for their painful stings. The pest, formally known ...

Nov 18, 2016

Families love pets but lack disaster plans, survey finds

Pets are part of the family for 80.5 percent of some 3,500 people who were asked whether they would flee with their animals during a natural disaster. Despite this, just 4.2 percent of those surveyed had contingency plans in place for their pets. The results released ...