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Vending machine in remote Akita town sells meat from intruding bears

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Bear traps in Japan are cages.

A bait is placed inside the cage, the bear enters and activates a mechanism the closes the door.

Same with "inoshishi".

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As long as it’s a sustainable source of protein, why not? I’ve heard the taste is excellent. Cue up the positive comments

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The income from selling the meat would bearly cover expenses.

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KapunaToday  03:13 pm JST

Sven Asai, bear meat tastes like chicken, everything tastes like chicken.

Total nonsense. Bear meat is red meat and tastes closer to boar/pig.

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RKL

Next, they'll start selling oysters in these machines.

You know what is impossible to find? vending machines that sell painkillers

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I couldn't bear eating it.

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Eating wild meat can be dangerous with many worms and viruses.

"People most often associate trichinellosis with the consumption of raw or undercooked pork. However, in recent years, more cases have been associated with eating raw or undercooked wild game meats (such as bear) than eating domestic pork products."

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Some humans are carnivores. Grin and bear it.

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wild animal meat is dangerous especially for people who like rare, medium-rare cooked. Worms and bacteria may still be alive.

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Disgusting and expensive.

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Asian black bears are listed as vulnerable, but not critically so, and it is legal to eat bear in Japan. Meat from trapped bears is tastier since the blood is drained immediately, according to Sato.

Show the effects of bear traps then. Maybe of a small video screen playing on a loop on the vending machine?

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This article blames bears foraging in towns, but many incidents are humans foraging in their natural habitats.

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Sven Asai, bear meat tastes like chicken, everything tastes like chicken.

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You have to be very careful eating bear meat, it might come back to bight you. Almost all bear meat is very likely to contain roundworms from the Trichinella family, which, when cooked improperly and consumed can lead to Trichinosis, a curable disease that can in very rare cases be fatal. These roundworms are so prevalent in bears that it is safer to assume that the meat is infected.

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To those saying bear meat is fatty--it is not

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As long as it’s a sustainable source of protein, why not? I’ve heard the taste is excellent. Cue up the positive comments

Bear with me for a moment, but I heard it supposed to be very fatty meat, so if you like fatty meat (which Japanese and a lot of Asians prefer) then it would make sense for them to eat it. I personally don’t like fatty meat so it wouldn’t be anything for me.

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AYASHI as they say in Japanese, this is a business selling bear meat and to insure a constant supply hunting and trapping innocent bears in the mountains is a must.

So what else could they be selling in these remote towns??

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everything tastes like chicken

Well, thank you for telling me, I have to believe it so far. So I’m not so much anymore in need of trying it, because there’s already too much chicken meat around. Be it delivery services, offers at restaurants or supermarkets, that’s already a felt 90% chicken only, under inflation conditions even more nowadays.

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Chickens, cows, pigs, turkeys, lambs are just so lame. Life is never complete without eating a bear who died in torture.

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But I think that if you just stayed put in the towns and never went out to do stuff, it would be a dull and boring place to live.

You mean hunting bears?

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Why is whale meat also sold in vending machines? Leave the whales alone. They are an important part of the ocean ecology. As for the bears, not sure what to think about that.

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My question is if I do buy it, but live a few hours away, how will I keep it frozen? Do they have ice and bags to store it in, or do I need to be aware of the vending machine before I even arrive, which mitigates its effectiveness?

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Can anyone describe the taste? I surely would give it a try, because it’s been considered a delicacy for quite some former centuries, only available in castles or eaten by noble people during festivities and banquets. Bear meat wasn’t at all allowed to eat or hunt for by common people and there were very severe penalties if someone did.

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Almost all bear meat is very likely to contain roundworms from the Trichinella family

If you're prepared to pay 2,200 yen for 250 grams fatty meat from a machine some kind of worm must have already gotten into your brain.

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garymalmgrenToday  07:10 am JST

Bear traps in Japan are cages.

A bait is placed inside the cage, the bear enters and activates a mechanism the closes the door.

Same with "inoshishi".

Agree about Bear traps. But boar and deer are often taken on snare traps.

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eric_japanToday  07:44 am JST

As long as it’s a sustainable source of protein, why not? I’ve heard the taste is excellent. Cue up the positive comments

I agree. Many of our ancestors ate bear meat, some people do now. Just as long as it isn't poisoned by a drug like the Cocaine Bear.

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I have family and a lot of friends in Akita (did JET there 20 years ago and married a local). We live in the US now but we visit Akita all the time. It's a great place for outdoor activities, and when we go back, we usually do a bit of hiking and backpacking. It's unbelievable how many people tell us that we're crazy to go into the forests and mountains because of bears. These are people who live in one of the moist beautiful parts of Japan and flatly refuse to step into the woods for any reason at all.

If you like outdoor activities, Akita is a wonderful place to live. But I think that if you just stayed put in the towns and never went out to do stuff, it would be a dull and boring place to live.

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This article blames bears foraging in towns, but many incidents are humans foraging in their natural habitats.

This ^ post bears the signs of a denier of facts.

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The hunters are after maki g some dough, simple as

I don’t like this using traps lark, it’s cruel and inhumane

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Next, they'll start selling oysters in these machines.

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