Tag - wildlife



A pair of wolves carved from wood exhibited at Mitsumine Shrine’s museum in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture
ENVIRONMENT / Wildlife / Longform
Dec 15, 2023
In praise of wolves
Premodern Japan's reverence of wolves mirrors its close bond with nature, a state eventually disrupted by the ecological impact of industrialization.
Japan Times
May 27, 2023
Hokkaido bear attack shows need for better management of island's nearly 12,000 brown bears
The exact population of Hokkaido brown bears is difficult to pin down, but experts agree that the population at least doubled over the three-decade period between 1990 and 2020.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2022
Modern phoenix: The bird brought back from extinction in Japan
The revival of the toki population in Niigata Prefecture is a rare conservation success story when 1 in 8 bird species globally are threatened with extinction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 9, 2022
COVID-19 face mask recovered from sea turtle caught off Japan coast
The juvenile green turtle was by-caught alive in a set net off Iwate Prefecture in August 2021.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jul 1, 2021
Shop aims to focus minds on Japan's huge deer culls with deerskin goods
Deer are blamed for the bulk of agricultural crop damage caused by wildlife in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 3, 2020
'The diversity of nature': Rare 9-tentacled octopus found in northeastern Japan
The unusual creature has been put on display at the local nature center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2020
Beetlemania: Japanese collectors pay high prices for big bugs
The nation's love of stag and rhinoceros beetles has flourished during the pandemic, with families driving demand.
Japan Times
May 3, 2019
Not so fast: Trump's Alaska drilling study slammed by U.S. wildlife regulator
The Trump administration failed to adequately consider oil spills, climate change and the welfare of polar bears in its expedited study of proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to comments published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Beyond Tokyo
Jan 27, 2019
Japan's aging hunters look for fresh blood to solve boar woes
When the world rang in 2019, it also prepared to usher in the Year of the Boar. But in Sasayama, a picturesque, historical city of about 42,000 nestled in rural Hyogo Prefecture about an hour by train from Osaka Station, the wild boar is a symbol of pride, part of a famous local dish and a bane to farmers....
Sep 25, 2018
Scientists voice opposition to weakening of U.S. Endangered Species Act
Thousands of scientists joined Monday to accuse the Trump administration of trying to erode the Endangered Species Act in favor of commercial interests with a plan to revamp regulations that have formed a bedrock of U.S. wildlife protection for over 40 years.
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2018
Malaysia seizes rhino horns worth $12 million in largest such haul
Malaysia has seized rhinoceros horns worth nearly $12 million bound for Vietnam, the Southeast Asian nation's largest haul of such contraband, officials said on Monday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 11, 2018
Trump pardons Oregon arsonist pair who inspired deadly wildlife refuge standoff
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son after both were convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to a White House statement.
May 2, 2018
Thai tycoon denies poaching protected wildlife, pleads not guilty
The president of Italian-Thai Development Pcl, Thailand's largest construction company, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to trespassing in a wildlife sanctuary and poaching, a lawyer said.
Japan Times
Nov 10, 2017
Scientists in letter to senators slam GOP plan to expand Arctic oil drilling in wildlife refuge
A group of 37 U.S.-based scientists whose research focuses on Arctic wildlife asked two U.S. senators in a letter on Thursday not to open the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, according to a copy seen by Reuters.
Japan Times
Aug 23, 2017
Goshawks taken off scarce species list as population recovers
Japan is set to remove goshawks from its scarce species list after a government subcommittee approved the move Wednesday following an increase in their population.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 18, 2017
Kyoto University experts detect large mammal species in Cambodia during camera trap study
Experts from Kyoto University and the Wildlife Conservation Society have conducted a camera trap survey that detected a multitude of large mammal species in a protected area of northern Cambodia, the WSC said Thursday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: TECH
Mar 18, 2017
Spring improvements: Learn to program, exercise for charity and then pour the perfect beer
Ways to build a better understanding of coding
Japan Times
Dec 3, 2016
How Japanese media have failed endangered species
In October, a new documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio premiered on Netflix. "The Ivory Game" is a dramatic study of the illegal trade in elephant tusks that includes conservationists battling poachers, investigative journalists following the money trail and black market merchants in China.
Japan Times
Oct 6, 2016
Achieving a virtuous cycle for conservation
A virtuous cycle, whereby local producers have a direct interest in protecting wildlife because they are benefiting from its legal trade is the best long-term solution to the problem of sustainability.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 5, 2016
FBI hopes to peacefully end protesters' armed occupation of Oregon wildlife facility
Federal law enforcement officials on Monday sought a peaceful end to the occupation of the headquarters of a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon launched over the weekend by a group of self-styled militiamen angry over the imminent imprisonment of two ranchers.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan