Author: Annabelle Liang & Chika Nakayama


Facing an alarming rise in bear attacks, Japan is considering making it easier to shoot bears in residential areas to prevent human injuries. Despite a record of 219 bear attacks last year, hunters argue it is too risky. Deadly bear attacks have been on the rise in Japan, posing a threat as bears encroach on urban spaces, viewing humans as prey. The increase in bear numbers is attributed to Japan’s aging population, leading to dangerous encounters but mostly causing injuries. To address this issue, the government plans to revise the law to allow hunters to shoot bears more freely, especially…

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