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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Japan News this Week 31 October 2010


Japan News.Japan Calls on China to Resume Rare Earth Exports

New York Times

Beijing now worried anti-Japan protests could backfire

Christian Science Monitor

Goodwill and compromise: Nagoya biodiversity deal restores faith in UN


China, Japan spat dims possibility of talks

Washington Post



Dolphin hunters, activists set to hold parley in Taiji

Japan Times

Japan and China island row flares at Asean summit


Avec l'initiative Satoyama, le Japon se lance dans la protection des terroirs

Le Monde

Nishioka beats Munroe to defend WBC title

Yahoo Sports

Last week's Japan news

Japan Statistics

The Japanese Giant Salamander, which can grow to up to 1.5 meters, may be disappearing. It is not however environmental and or human pressure that is causing the decline.

Rather, it is an invasive species - the Chinese Giant Salamander - that is the problem.

The Chinese Giants are mating with its Japanese cousin, creating bastard salamanders.

According to a research team from Kyoto University, of the 79 salamanders living in the area in the northern reaches of the Kamo River, just four percent were pure Japanese Giants. 11 percent were pure Chinese Giants, and the rest (85%) were half breeds.

Though the total number of Giants has increased slightly, only three years ago, 47% were pure Japanese Giant Salamanders.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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