Ibaraki Pref. Panel Launches Talks on Panda Loan Bid


Mito, Ibaraki Pref., June 26 (Jiji Press)--The Ibaraki prefectural government held the inaugural meeting on Wednesday of a panel aimed at bringing a giant panda to a zoo in the eastern Japan prefecture.

The panel approved a bid plan and rules for the initiative, which is designed, among other things, to conduct research for aiding the breeding of giant pandas.

The prefecture announced the initiative in February, hoping that China will lend a giant panda to Kamine Zoo in the city of Hitachi.

The panel comprises 13 members, including Ibaraki Governor Kazuhiko Oigawa and Nobutaka Namae, head of the zoo. The panel appointed as an adviser Su Yunshan, a researcher who was involved in negotiations for putting off the handover of Xiang Xiang, a female giant panda born at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in June 2017, to China for 18 months until the end of 2020.

The panel plans to launch negotiations with relevant Chinese government agencies, as well as send delegates to facilities in China and Adventure World, a theme park including a zoo in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, that houses giant pandas, in order to learn how to raise the animal.

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