News On Japan

Police Suspend Body Recovery Operation After Officers Attacked by Bear

Akita, May 21 (News On Japan) - Police have yet to evacuate a man found lying in the mountains of northern Japan after earlier attempts to retrieve his body led to a bear attack on two officers who were seriously injured.

The incident began when a 64-year-old man went missing on May 15 while collecting bamboo shoots, known as "nemagari-dake," in the forests of Kazuno City, Akita Prefecture.

The forest area around Jukai Line in Towada Oyu, Kazuno City, is marked with signs and has been closed to entry. The police have been making announcements and patrolling to enforce the ban.

Police Announcement: 'This is Kazuno Police Station. Those already in the mountains are urged to return to their vehicles immediately.'

On May 18, the police received a report of a person lying on the ground.

Nine officers began searching and found the missing man. However, two officers were attacked by a bear while attempting to rescue him, suffering serious injuries to their arms and faces.

The following day, a helicopter search was conducted due to safety concerns.

Although the location of the fallen person was identified, the bear was not caught in the traps set by the city, and the man has not been evacuated.

On May 20, Kazuno City intensified patrols around the area closed to entry.

Amid a surge in bear incidents nationwide, there have been over 170 bear sightings in Akita Prefecture this year.

The manager of the mountain area warned that bears are no longer responding to conventional deterrents.

Mountain Manager: 'I’ve seen about 40 bears myself. Bears are everywhere. Even if you set off firecrackers right next to them, they won’t run away. They just roll around.'

A local market official shared similar concerns: 'Bells don’t work, they have no effect. Worse, ringing a bell might attract bears, making them think there’s food.'

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances leading to the accident by interviewing the woman and examining other details.

Source: ANN

News On Japan

The Cape Soya Lighthouse, standing tall on a hill in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, is Japan's northernmost lighthouse, established 139 years ago.

Kanagawa Prefecture unveiled its new logo, 'Kanagawa-Ken,' last Friday, only to find itself facing allegations that the design closely resembles Chiba Prefecture's mascot, 'Chiba-kun.'

Osaka Prefectural Police have issued a new directive urging all officers to wear sunglasses to protect themselves from the heat and sunlight.

Enoshima Bridge in Kanagawa Prefecture, which connects to the island of Enoshima, is now subject to nighttime traffic restrictions due to complaints about noise from modified vehicles.

Three people who went missing after a landslide in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, have been confirmed dead. The north slope of Matsuyama Castle collapsed early Friday morning, engulfing nearby houses.



In Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture, a gas cylinder from a kitchen car operating outside a soccer stadium exploded, injuring two people.

Three people who went missing after a landslide in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, have been confirmed dead. The north slope of Matsuyama Castle collapsed early Friday morning, engulfing nearby houses.

A 23-year-old female police officer who had suffered severe head injuries during judo training at the Kyoto Prefectural Police Academy passed away on July 13th at the hospital where she was being treated, the police announced.

A 26-year-old policeman in Osaka has been arrested and indicted for sexually assaulting a girl in his car, knowing that she was under 16 years old.

A kebab shop in Shibuya's Center-gai has fallen victim to theft, with the arrested of five individuals, including a former employee.

A 37-year-old man arrested for entering a women's bath in Nagoya, has denied his intention was to see naked women.

A survey on pet names has revealed that 'Mugi' is the most popular name for both dogs and cats. According to the 2023 Pet Name Ranking conducted by pet insurance company Aipet Insurance, the top names for male and female dogs have been 'Leo' and 'Coco' respectively for nine consecutive years.

A theft group has been arrested for stealing sports cars and luxury vehicles in the Kanto region. The losses amount to over 300 cars, valued at approximately 780 million yen.