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Wildlife, Landscape Use and Society
Regional Case Studies in Japan

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ISBN 9780367333812
March 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

A comprehensive analysis of the various terrestrial natural landscapes and habitats within Japan, and the efforts to sustain and conserve them and sustain landscape services.

In 2011 Conservation International designated the Japanese islands collectively as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. They are rich in biodiversity, but also densely populated and so human impacts have led to many species being classed as endangered though few have become extinct during recent decades. Sugimura evaluates the effects of landscape changes, government policies and economy on the forest ecosystems and services of Japan. Then he contemplated how a rich variety of wildlife species have been able to survive, albeit in limited numbers, despite the rapid expansion of the Japanese economic activities in the 20th century.

A vital introduction for international environmentalists, geographers and environmental scientists looking to understand Japan’s unique ecosystems and their experiences with human activities.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1.Terrestrial biodiversity and landscape use across the country: a brief overview  2. Amami Oshima: a treasure island of unique species impacted by logging during the 20th century  3. Amami Oshima (2): controlling mongoose populations and a new period of nature conservation  4. Forests utilization in Fukushima before and after the 2011 power plant accident  5. Forests and satoyama landscapes in the suburb of a metropolitan area  6. Regional comparison and summary discussion

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Ken Sugimura is former Professor of Environmental Science at Nagasaki University, Japan (Retired in March 2020).