Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

Aug 17, 2017

Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

A wild otter was caught on film on Nagasaki Prefecture's Tsushima Island in February, marking the first sighting of the mammal in Japan in 38 years, a University of the Ryukyus team said Thursday. It is not known whether the observed otter was a Japanese ...

IUCN Red List of threatened species includes ocean sunfish

Nov 19, 2015

IUCN Red List of threatened species includes ocean sunfish

The International Union for Conservation of Nature unveiled an updated Red List of species at risk of extinction on Thursday that includes the ocean sunfish, which are popular in aquariums in Japan and elsewhere. The Switzerland-based body classified ocean sunfish as "vulnerable," the lowest of ...

Japanese golden eagles face extinction as numbers dive

Mar 16, 2015

Japanese golden eagles face extinction as numbers dive

There are now only 500 or so Japanese golden eagles living in the wild as environmental changes deprive the birds of their habitat, according to a study by a research group. The Society for Research of Golden Eagle Japan warns that the subspecies is facing ...

Eel farmers face state regulation to manage new extinction risk

Jul 24, 2014

Eel farmers face state regulation to manage new extinction risk

The government plans to impose regulations on eel farmers because the Japanese variety was internationally designated as a species at risk of extinction last month, government sources said. Since eel farming in Japan relies mostly on catches of wild young eel, which are on the ...

Jul 12, 2014

Great apes going extinct by trade

Thousands of great apes — including chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans — are killed or trafficked each year in an illegal trade that is driving them toward extinction.

Jun 17, 2014

Saving the Japanese eel

The international designation of the Japanese eel as a species at risk of extinction underscores the need for more controlled and responsible fishing and consumption to preserve one of this nation's long-cherished food cultures.