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Increasing plastic waste creates danger for Hokkaido's wild bears

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I just don't understand why Japan has a reputation for being clean. The amount of rubbish dumped by selfish people is incredible. I was on a walk in Hanno last year and came across fridges dumped in streams and bags of rubbish left all over the place. Disgusting.

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@Tokyo-m

Totally agree !

Last summer i visited Tomoga island, all the beaches were full of rubbish !

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Plastic garbage is a clear threat to wildlife everywhere. But personally I think the greater threat to bears in Japan is the Japanese mentality that any bear in proximity to people must be shot and killed. Why Japan does not not have a Game & Wildlife department as part of prefectural environment agencies to manage wildlife conservation is beyond me. Instead of tranquilizing bears and removing them away from humans, hunting clubs are hired to simply shoot them. Keep this up and eventually bears in Japan will go the way of the Japanese Wolf. Extinct.

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So who's throwing away this rubbish in A World Heritage Natural Site?

Sadly many people here think WHSs are like a bucket list to check off.

There's no way 1.2 million people should be visiting a place of such wild beauty and uniqueness.

Conservation in such sensitive environments starts with locking people out.

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Convenience stores & supermarkets are two places that could review their policies.

They just love handing out plastic bags to put your already plastic wrapped goods in

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The sparsely populated area is believed to be a dumping site for garbage which includes vegetables and fruits as well as electric appliances and old tires.

Fly-tippers make my blood boil, no matter what country I'm in. They should be executed as they are a selfish stain on our species, if only their crimes were treated seriously.

Last summer i visited Tomoga island, all the beaches were full of rubbish !

The filthy state of Japanese beaches compared to the relatively clean urban areas is still something that bemuses me.

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tooheysnewMay 24 09:53 pm JSTConvenience stores & supermarkets are two places that could review their policies.

They just love handing out plastic bags to put your already plastic wrapped goods in

Canada and Germany have long stopped using these plastic baggies so much. America is just now starting to phase them out. About time too, I HATE driving on a highway and seeing these stupid bags flying in front of my car when I'm on a highway. A royal pain to say the least.

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