Bird deaths at Hokkaido prompt study into impact from wind turbines

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Japan's environment ministry is launching an investigation into the impact of wind development on birds after problems were recently highlighted in the northern island of Hokkaido where endangered migratory birds like the white-tailed sea eagle have been flying into turbines. Since March, the 57 MW Soya Wind Farm in Hokkaido, which at 57 turbines is Japan's largest, has been lit up at night in a bid to alleviate the problem, but the ministry wants a full survey done. Meanwhile, a proposed nine turbine project in Fukui Prefecture has run into staunch opposition from the Wild Bird Society of Japan, which is worried about the effect it might have on the migratory white-fronted goose and bean goose.

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