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World News December 5, 2023

Bear attacks in Japan hit record high

Japan is facing a surge in bear attacks, reaching the highest level since records began in 2006, making it the worst year on record for such incidents. According to the Environment Ministry, there have been 193 bear attacks across the country in the past eight months, resulting in 212 casualties, including six fatalities. The majority of the attacks, 70%, occurred in northeastern Japan, with 70 incidents in Akita and 45 in Iwate. Despite the usual hibernation period for bears from late November to December, the ministry officials have cautioned that more attacks may still occur.

Source – CGTN

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