Tag - rabbits



Rabbits are supposedly easier to get through quarantine, but Japan’s outgoing quarantine rules for our fluffy friends actually take a fair bit of time.
Dec 1, 2023
Hare today, gone tomorrow: Another cautionary tale for expats headed home
In another piece about leaving Japan, our departee learns some hard truths about the country’s quarantine guidelines for animals.
Japan Times
May 18, 2023
Japan close to eradicating mongoose from Amami-Oshima Island
The mongoose"s presence on Amami-Oshima led to a decline in other native species on the island, and is an example of how human interference in nature goes wrong.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Jan 1, 2023
What to expect in the Year of the Rabbit
If 2022 felt a little hectic, the next 12 months could offer opportunities for relaxation, quietness and contemplation.
Japan Times
May 23, 2021
Iwate zoo grapples with backlash over animal euthanasia program
Zoomo in Iwate Prefecture has drawn criticism with the disclosure of its euthanasia program for sick creatures.
Japan Times
Nov 20, 2019
Stray and domestic cats prey on endangered species on Tokunoshima island
A team of researchers have found that stray and free-roaming domestic cats fed by humans are preying on rare species on Tokunoshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Japan Times
May 9, 2016
Kagoshima isle neutering 3,000 cats in bid to protect rare rabbits
Three municipalities on a remote island in Kagoshima Prefecture are midway through an unprecedented project to neuter all 3,000 resident felines in order to protect native rabbits. The rare bunnies are designated as a special national treasure.
Mar 26, 2016
Ten thousand rabbits shot in New Zealand Easter hunt
Hunting for chocolate eggs is popular Easter event, but in New Zealand it was bunnies in the firing line at an annual rabbit-shooting event in one district where they are regarded as pests.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 19, 2014
Would you like a goat, owl or rabbit with your latte?
Following on from the popularity of "cat cafes," where customers can play with resident felines while relaxing and having a cup of coffee, similar venues offering the chance to mingle with rabbits, goats and even owls have opened for business in the Tokyo area.
Japan Times
May 17, 2014
Alien invasion threatening native species
An invasion has been going on under our noses. It is multipronged, ruthless and very difficult to repel. It has been called an "ecological apocalypse."
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2013
Magician conjures up disaster plan for rabbit
This summer, Marty the Magician got a letter from the U.S. government. It began with six ominous words: "Dear Members of Our Regulated Community . . ."


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