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Bear-watching attracts hikers to Hokkaido national park

Bear-watching attracts hikers to Hokkaido national park

2017-09-08 07:11:23, japantimes.co.jp

ASAHIKAWA, HOKKAIDO – The opportunity to see wild brown bears in their natural environment has made a national park in Hokkaido a popular hiking destination. The hiking route in Daisetsuzan National Park is open for about a three-month period from late June to early October. It is closed when the park’s information center judges conditions too dangerous. Hikers are allowed to walk along the trail without a guide, but only after attending a lecture about brown bears, including prohibited behaviors such as cooking in the forest, eating at certain locations and leaving waste behind

 

Politics & Government

Japan mulls deal to retrieve Russian-held isles by banning U.S. military from using them

Japan mulls deal to retrieve Russian-held isles by banning U.S. military from using them

2016-10-30 07:08:54, japantimes.co.jp

Tokyo might promise Moscow that returning the disputed islands off Hokkaido to Japan will not mean that U.S. military forces will be stationed there in line with Japan-U.S. security arrangements, diplomatic sources have said. Tokyo believes such a promise will facilitate negotiations on the long-simmering dispute because Russia is particularly sensitive about U.S. military moves. The idea has surfaced ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Japan in December.

 

Travel & Recreation

Bear-watching attracts hikers to Hokkaido national park

Bear-watching attracts hikers to Hokkaido national park

2017-09-08 07:11:23, japantimes.co.jp

ASAHIKAWA, HOKKAIDO – The opportunity to see wild brown bears in their natural environment has made a national park in Hokkaido a popular hiking destination. The hiking route in Daisetsuzan National Park is open for about a three-month period from late June to early October. It is closed when the park’s information center judges conditions too dangerous. Hikers are allowed to walk along the trail without a guide, but only after attending a lecture about brown bears, including prohibited behaviors such as cooking in the forest, eating at certain locations and leaving waste behind

 

Law & Crime

Russian convicted in ’97 gun possession case ready to be cleared in retrial

Russian convicted in ’97 gun possession case ready to be cleared in retrial

2017-02-23 10:44:31, japantimes.co.jp

SAPPORO – A Russian man facing retrial in a 1997 handgun possession case should be acquitted, prosecutors said Thursday, putting him on course to clear his name 18 years after his sentence was finalized. Former seaman Andrei Novosyolov, 47, was arrested in November 1997 in a sting operation at Otaru port in Hokkaido. He spent two years in prison but was convicted based on evidence collected through an operation that

 

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