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KOGI

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KOGI , originally uploaded by luckyno3 .

List of Zoos and Aquariums in Japan

This is an open source list.  Please contribute. http://knol.google.com/k/lasse/zoos-in-japan/ip1jpejf4fdu/243

Fishing

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Fishing , originally uploaded by coniferconifer .

Australian Redback Spider Bites Rise in Osaka, Anti-Venom Low

By Adam Le Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Redback spider bites increased to 13 in western Japan’s Osaka Prefecture this year, the most since 1995, when the poisonous arachnid was first thought to have migrated from Australia on cargo vessels. The number of reported cases increased from nine last year, according to the prefectural government’s Web site. In June, a six-year-old boy in Osaka was given the anti-venom after being bitten, the first case of the treatment being used in Japan. “We have low reserves of the anti-venom,” Takashi Kuramochi, a spokesman for the prefecture’s Environmental Hygiene Department, said today by telephone. “I don’t know why the number of redback bites is up.” The redback, common in Australia and related to the black widow, delivers a bite that can cause severe pain and possibly death, according to the Australia Museum’s Web site. No deaths from the spider’s bite have been reported after Australia introduced anti-venom, the Web site says. Called

Japanese researchers film rare baby fish 'fossil'

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Tue Nov 17, 6:39 am ET TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese marine researchers said on Tuesday they had found and successfully filmed a young coelacanth -- a rare type of fish known as "a living fossil" -- in deep water off Indonesia. The creature was found on October 6 at a depth of 161 metres (528 feet) in Manado Bay off Sulawesi Island, where the Indonesian coelacanth was first discovered, according to the researchers. Video footage showed the 31.5 centimetre (12.6-inch) coelacanth, coloured blue with white spots, swimming slowly among rocks on the seabed for about 20 minutes. "As far as we know, it was the first ever video image of a living juvenile coelacanth, which is still shrouded in mystery," said Masamitsu Iwata, a researcher at Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki, northeast of Tokyo. Scientists hope the discovery will shed light on the habitat and breeding habits of coelacanths. The researchers used a remotely operated, self-propelled vehicle to film

Jellyfish swarm northward in warming world

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By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer Michael Casey, Ap Environmental Writer Mon Nov 16, 8:37 am ET KOKONOGI, Japan – A blood-orange blob the size of a small refrigerator emerged from the dark waters, its venomous tentacles trapped in a fishing net. Within minutes, hundreds more were being hauled up, a pulsating mass crowding out the catch of mackerel and sea bass. The fishermen leaned into the nets, grunting and grumbling as they tossed the translucent jellyfish back into the bay, giants weighing up to 200 kilograms (450 pounds), marine invaders that are putting the men's livelihoods at risk. The venom of the Nomura, the world's largest jellyfish, a creature up to 2 meters (6 feet) in diameter, can ruin a whole day's catch by tainting or killing fish stung when ensnared with them in the maze of nets here in northwest Japan's Wakasa Bay. "Some fishermen have just stopped fishing," said Taiichiro Hamano, 67. "When you pull in the ne

Japan catches 59 whales off northern island

TOKYO – Japan said Monday it has caught 59 whales — one short of the maximum allowed by international guidelines — under a research program that critics say is a cover for commercial whaling. The annual expedition off the port city of Kushiro ended over the weekend after harvesting 59 minke whales, the Fisheries Agency said in a statement. A maximum of 60 is allowed under the research program authorized by the International Whaling Commission. Japan and other pro-whaling nations have been pushing for the IWC to revoke the 1986 ban on commercial hunts amid arguments over the number of whales left in the world's oceans. Japan also annually hunts about 1,000 whales in the Antarctic Ocean and the northwest Pacific Ocean under an IWC research program. Critics say the expeditions are a cover for commercial whaling because the harvest is sold to market for consumption. As in previous years, the Fisheries Agency said the hunt off Hokkaido was aimed at studying the whale

'I hate whale meat,' Japan's PM confides: report

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TOKYO (AFP) – Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has revealed he dislikes whale meat, a newspaper reported Saturday, in an unusual confession for the prime minister of a country that defies Western criticism of whaling. "I hate whale meat," Hatoyama said during a meeting with his visiting Dutch counterpart Jan Peter Balkenende on Monday at the prime minister's office, the Sankei Shimbun reported. The Netherlands is one of several anti-whaling countries that allows the radical environmental group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to register a vessel in the country. The group's activists have repeatedly harassed Japanese whaling vessels in Antarctic waters. During the last hunt a Sea Shepherd vessel collided with a whaling ship, sparking allegations that the group was behaving irresponsibly. Despite Hatoyama's reported dislike of whale meat, however, he urged Balkenende to take action against the group over its attacks on Japanese whalers in the Antarct

Double Nemo

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Double Nemo , originally uploaded by Lord Ivan .

jaws 3

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jaws 3 , originally uploaded by lomokev .

Gatto Gnau -bestia mai vista!...-

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Gatto Gnau -bestia mai vista!...- , originally uploaded by Gatto Gnau .

aquarium fish 水族館 魚

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aquarium fish 水族館 魚 , originally uploaded by nextaction-Aki .

aquarium fish 水族館 魚

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aquarium fish 水族館 魚 , originally uploaded by nextaction-Aki .

魚鴨爭艷

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魚鴨爭艷 , originally uploaded by gp_teo .

pet me...

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pet me... , originally uploaded by ab_noid .

ウサギ

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ウサギ , originally uploaded by Shinichi Nanbu .

カフェロリータ麻布十番店

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カフェロリータ麻布十番店 , originally uploaded by cage.okada . ウサギ

Hansel and Gretel

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Hansel and Gretel , originally uploaded by Anomieus .
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DSCF7008

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DSCF7008 , originally uploaded by l e o j .

Kingfisher At Dinner Time

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Kingfisher At Dinner Time , originally uploaded by aeschylus18917 .

maneki neko

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maneki neko , originally uploaded by mrcraige .

Water Buffalo, Yubu Island

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Water Buffalo, Yubu Island , originally uploaded by twiga_swala .

Pinisara lizard, Iriomote

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Pinisara lizard, Iriomote , originally uploaded by lite-craft .

Hooguro-yamori of Iriomote Island

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Hooguro-yamori of Iriomote Island , originally uploaded by shinnygogo .

Funauki, Iriomote Island (8)

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Funauki, Iriomote Island (8) , originally uploaded by merg japan .
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gorgeous shiba inu - wildlife photography

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gorgeous shiba inu - wildlife photography , originally uploaded by sulla78 .

Shiba Inu Hiro on Snow 4

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Shiba Inu Hiro on Snow 4 , originally uploaded by pjen .

Silk spider

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Silk spider , originally uploaded by shinichiro* .

Come Here Said the Spider to the Dragonfly

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Come Here Said the Spider to the Dragonfly , originally uploaded by Glenn Waters ぐれんin Japan. .

Japan: Shinjuku Spider detail

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Japan: Shinjuku Spider detail , originally uploaded by kevin (iapetus) .
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Follow the Spider III

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Follow the Spider III , originally uploaded by David Panevin .

Big female

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Big female , originally uploaded by Ryan deployed . Not from Japan, but worth a mention

camel spider

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camel spider , originally uploaded by stikle5 . Not from Japan, but so scary, worth a mention

Japan Bear Does Kung-fu like Exhibition

Escape from the Combine!

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Escape from the Combine! , originally uploaded by jcowboy .

afternoon nap

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afternoon nap , originally uploaded by chica chkalova .

Narita Yume Bokujo

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Narita Yume Bokujo , originally uploaded by Tiger Machine .

わんこ

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わんこ , originally uploaded by hamapenguin .

Japan Town Tests Dolphin Eaters for Mercury Levels, Times Says

By Anna Kitanaka Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Taiji, a town in western Japan known for its annual dolphin hunts, will test residents for mercury poisoning from eating the mammal’s meat, the Japan Times said. Residents who had regular health checks between June and August were asked to have a sample of hair tested for methylmercury, the newspaper said, citing an unidentified city official. The results are expected by March, the report said. The Taiji Fisheries Cooperative hasn’t killed any dolphins for food this hunting season, catching the animals only for sale to aquariums, the report said. The hunt, which began last month and runs through February in the town 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of Osaka, received worldwide attention with the release this summer of “The Cove,” a documentary by U.S. filmmakers that shows the dolphin cull through footage shot with hidden cameras. Dolphin hunting for food in Japan dates back as long as 9,000 years and the town’s hunt is legal u

Bear attack at Japanese bus terminal leaves 9 injured - with video

An Asian black bear entered a mountain bus terminal in central Japan and then started attacking visitors and employees. Nine people were injured, four seriously, before the bear was cornered and finally shot by local hunters at the request of police. The incident started at a little after 2pm yesterday, September 18th (JST), at the Hita-Nyukawa Noriraku Mountain Bus Terminal in Gifu prefecture , about 170 miles northwest of Tokyo, according to reports. The 4 or 5 year old male black bear, which is said to have been a little over 4-feet long and 2.5-feet tall, entered the terminal parking lot from a mountain path and proceeded to start chasing one visitor. Another visitor tried to beat back the bear with a stick, but the bear retaliated, seriously injuring the man. Several employees then tried to help the injured man, but were also wounded by the bear, according to reports. Other people tried to chase off the bear by honking car horns, but ended up only causing it to retreat into th

クマ、人を襲う!!

A fleur de lys... ( orthetrum à stylets blancs )

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A fleur de lys... ( orthetrum à stylets blancs ) , originally uploaded by Petit Page http://www.petitpage2.com/ .

Bear Country Shiretoko

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Bear Country Shiretoko , originally uploaded by Atsi .

Shiba Inu 柴犬 Daitan 大胆 ("Hiroshi" 浩)

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Shiba Inu 柴犬 Daitan 大胆 ("Hiroshi" 浩) , originally uploaded by pjen .

The dogu have something to tell us

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The dogu have something to tell us Neither human nor animal, Japan's Jomon sculptures are a mystery to be enjoyed By VICTORIA JAMES Special to The Japan Times LONDON — They are, according to their kanji, part earth and part spirit, somewhere between animal and human. They are dogu, the most remarkable products of Japan's Jomon Period, a Neolithic era before the advent of rice cultivation, when the Japanese archipelago supported higher population densities than any other pre-agricultural society in the world. Tanabatake "Venus": A big-bottomed dogu from Nagano Prefecture, 2500-1500 B.C. CHINO CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION The dogu are humanoid forms shaped in clay, large and small, richly decorated or homely and unadorned. Some 18,000 of them have been unearthed to date, in Jomon-period settlements stretching from Kyushu, north through Tohoku to Hokkaido. The oldest are nearly 10,000 years old, the youngest a mere 2,300. Yet despite their advanced age

Japanese Town Slaughters Dolphins

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File photo shows Japanese fishermen riding a boat loaded with ... Play Slideshow Pause Slow Med Fast Photo Gallery Thu Sep 10, 3:18 AM ET File photo shows Japanese fishermen riding a boat loaded with slaughtered dolphins at the blood-covered water cove in Taiji harbor. A Japanese coastal town has gone ahead with its controversial dolphin hunt, shrugging off protests from animal-rights activists, local officials said Thursday. (AFP/Sea

Japan faces pressure to stop importing polar bear products

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By TETSUJI IDA Kyodo News Japan is considered the world's No. 1 importer of polar bear products, with items such as furs and rugs widely sold on the Internet. Bearing down: Polar bears are in danger of extinction due to climate change. U.S. NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION / KYODO But with the bears at risk due to climate change and the U.S. government making moves to protect them, Japan could become a target of criticism for its lax policy. According to environmental protection groups, exports and imports of skins and other bear products resulting fetch a high price on the international market, which is reflected on Japanese Web sites. An estimated 400 to 700 polar bear pelts are bought and sold every year around the world. Canada is the leading exporter and Japan the leading importer. Import data shows that customers in Japan purchased 413 fur pieces in 2007. Japan became the No. 1 buyer when the United States designated polar bears as an endanger

Dog Sign

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Dog Sign , originally uploaded by yukilalala .

Nibble on her ears (pic)

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Nibble on her ears (pic) , originally uploaded by James & Cesca .

Deer + Japanese School Children = Chaos!

Deer + Japanese School Children = Chaos! , originally uploaded by Aliaaaaa .

Hunting and Hypnotic dance

Hunting and Hypnotic dance , originally uploaded by jabaezam .

The Red-Eared Slider (Trachemy scripta elegans)

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The Red-Eared Slider (Trachemy scripta elegans) , originally uploaded by Lambros Kazanas .

LADY & HAPPY

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LADY & HAPPY , originally uploaded by mamarico .