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Bird and aesthetic concerns cancel two Japanese projects

Plans for two Japanese wind farms have been cancelled due to environmental concerns. Trading company Sumitomo Corp backed down from a 10 MW project due to opposition from the local bird society, while Nippon Steel has cancelled its plan to build a 30 MW wind farm, because it is deemed the project will destroy the scenery. Sumitomo's 10 MW project was originally planned on a mountain in Sanriku. But the plans hit a snag when it was confirmed that the mountain is a home to golden eagles, endangered birds designated as "natural living assets." The local bird society feared that eagles could be maimed or killed if they flew into the rotors of the wind turbines. In Nippon's case, the local government in Yamagata, northern Japan, ruled against the project near Sagata on aesthetic grounds. Nippon Steel is now looking at sites in different areas.

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