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Nature Conservation official: “ wolves are harmful to Japan”

2012 年 11 月 5 日 月曜日

The Yamanashi Nichinichi (Daily) Newspaper reported on October 12th, 2012 a statement by Ministry of Environment official, Hitoshi Nakamura of the Southern Alps National Park region, that sounded as if attitudes in the Ministry have not changed since the 19th century when Japanese feudal government that exterminated wolves as savage varmints.


“The reintroduction of the wolves can threaten the lives of people and livestock and disrupt the current ecosystem balance.”


Mr. Nakamura’s ignorant comment indicates he has the “Little Red Riding-hood” syndrome, and shows no progress has been in the Ministry of Environment’s understanding about the habit of wolves and their importance in Japan’s ecosystem.


On April, 2012 the Japan Wolf Association (JWA) submitted a opinion to the Minister of Environment in Tokyo with 94,500 signatures collected from all over Japan demanding wolves be reintroduce into Japan. At the time, the person in charge of the Ministry responded, “we will study about wolves, then (maybe do something).”

94,500 signatures were submitted to the Minister of Environment, and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


We, the JWA, have responded by contacting Mr. Nakamura directly and asking him to, “Show us the proof on what ecosystems you are talking about.” He explained that his mention on wolves was not official, but personal, and a request has since been made for an official comment from the Environment Ministry. We in the meantime will wait for a response, but do not expect one anytime soon knowing that the ministry takes forever to finish their homework.


At this moment, it is prominent that forest ecosystems in Japan are progressively becoming more devastated and the mountain terrain like the South Alps National Park is disappearing from an overabundant deer population. Countless damages to agriculture and forestry businesses can also be seen due to the eruption in numbers of wild boars and monkeys too.


We would like to ask the Environment Ministry how to control the deer population problem and save the ecosystem without restoring wolves. What kind of effective strategy is there besides a wolf reintroduction?


Mr. Nakamura gave the “Conservation of Nature” a bad name. The Officials at the Ministry of Environment have to stop sharing irresponsible opinions and should start studying about wolves’ habits, ecology and ecosystems.


(Oct. 29th 2012 Original article by Naoki Maruyama, translated by Mariko Sasaki)

Destructive feeding of deer, 2012

2002 Southern Alps, Mt. Kushigata (10 years ago)

2012 Southern Alps, Mt. Kushigata (Present)


Japan Police department has been infected with “Little Red Riding-hood” virus!!

2012 年 10 月 18 日 木曜日

JWA presented a critical opinion to the National Police Agency’s Commissioner General, Yutaka Katagiri on 26th of September 2012.


All over Japan, puppet plays for the education purpose of kindergarten children are performed by the juvenile section of Japan police agency.


The police officers of the juvenile station and their volunteers make the puppet stories full of loaded lessons with the topics of “shoplifting” or “kidnapping”, in order to

prevent those crimes. Scary looking wolves are always made to appear in their plays as criminals as they seduce a shoplifter or kidnap a child. It doesn’t work at all even if they try to imprint a criminal image that looks so scary in the minds of children.


As you know, the real kidnappers do not look scary, they are ones who put on a gentle mask and approach children with gentle persuasions and come ons.


On the other hand, the story, “Little Red Riding Hood,” according to the respondents of ‘My Navigator News’ questionnaire survey, ranked in the fourth place in the category of “Your favorite children’s story that never forgotten.” (The investigation period: 2012/5/28 – 2012/5/31; approx. 1,000 respondents.)


Wolves are the keystone species that sit at the top of a healthy ecosystem’s food chain.

Because the scary image of a wolf coming out from “Little Red Riding Hood” is used to obstruct wolf reintroduction to Japan, we, the Japan Wolf Association works hard to enlighten people of the real habits of wolves.


The puppet plays for the children done by the National Police Agency are performed all over Japan and could definitely plant the wrong image of wolves in the minds of young children. An education that personifies a wild animal in this way, produces a prejudice for life that twists proper scientific understanding from what global environment and biological diversity are.


(Mariko Sasaki :Oct. 18th, 2012)