Ishi Hiroyuki
  • Ishi Hiroyuki 
  • By this author: 8 Latest posted: 2017.11.21
Environmental journalist and scientist. After a stint on the editorial board of the Asahi Shimbun, served as a senior consultant to the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi and Bangkok. Other positions include professorships at University of Tokyo and Hokkaidō University graduate schools and Japanese ambassador to Zambia; he has also served as an advisor to the Japan International Cooperation Agency and to the executive boards of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) in Budapest and the Wild Bird Society of Japan. His works include Chikyū kankyō hōkoku (Global Environmental Report), Kirimanjaro no yuki ga kiete iku (The Disappearing Snows of Kilimanjaro), and Watashi no chikyū henreki—Kankyō hakai no genba o motomete (My World Travels in Search of Environmental Destruction).
The Return of the Crested Ibis2017.11.21

Kin, Japan’s last crested ibis born in the wild, died in 2003. Her demise did not mean the extinction of the species, however, as researchers in China were successfully breeding other wild crested ibises that they had discovered earlier. This article explores the relationship between the Japanese people and the crested ibis, Nipponia nippon.

Crane on the Rubbish Heap: The Challenges of Continuing Conservation2017.10.31

Hokkaidō now has the world’s largest population of red-crowned cranes, but this has also created a dilemma. While the birds are no longer endangered, they are proving a menace to farmers who complain that they are destroying their crops. Is there a way for the cranes and human beings to coexist?

A Thousand Cranes Take Flight2017.10.05

The red-crowned crane has long been revered in Japan as an auspicious bird. Once the cranes could be found throughout the country, but overhunting in the early years of Japan’s modern era decimated their numbers until they disappeared altogether on the main island of Honshū. Fortunately, extensive conservation efforts have brought back the beloved bird from near extinction. Where at one point ther…

The Recovery of the Short-Tailed Albatross: A Preservation Success Story2017.09.06

Once believed to be extinct, the short-tailed albatross was rediscovered by meteorological observatory staff on the remote island of Torishima. The discovery set in motion extensive efforts to protect and preserve the species, led by a man who has dedicated his life to the project.

The Short-Tailed Albatross: A Majestic Bird Driven to the Brink of Extinction2017.08.24

Its trusting nature and lack of agility on the ground has long made the albatross easy prey for humans. Whole colonies were once massacred for their soft down feathers, driving the species to near-extinction. The first of a set of articles on this bird looks at the early, disastrous history of its interaction with the Japanese.

Prized Visitors or Pests? Learning to Live with Japan’s Wild Geese2017.08.09

The number of white-fronted geese increased 33-fold in half a century, but farmers saw them as a pest. A pioneering initiative in their largest wintering ground, Izunuma in Miyagi Prefecture, is helping geese and people to live side by side.

The Flight of the Wild Geese2017.07.31

Wild geese were once a common sight throughout Japan, but overhunting since the late 1800s caused their numbers to decline drastically to just 5,000. Geese migrate to Japan from Siberia, and it was a letter from the Soviet Union that helped them in their time of crisis.

Mount Fuji and the Sumida River: Japan’s Reviving Environment2017.07.21

The author launched his career as a science journalist at a newspaper just when Japan was entering an era of heavy industrial pollution. His investigations of domestic pollution soon expanded to environmental research in 130 countries. After years of reporting on degradation around the world, the author has turned his attention back to Japan in this new series.

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