KumaMori COP10 Symposium Speakers


Moriyama.jpgMs. Mariko Moriyama

The Chairperson of the Japan Bear & Forest Society

Born in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, in 1948, Ms. Moriyama attended Kobe High School and majored in Physics in Osaka Education University. After graducation, she taught Science in Muko-Higashi Junior High School in Amagasaki City.

In 1992, she and her students stood up to protect Japanese Black Bears (umbrella spiecies of Japanese forests) who were facing extinction in Hyogo Prefecture. Along the way they also came to know of the fact that rich forests in Japan were disappearing fast because of excessive afforestation and development which they feared might lead to the fall of Japanese Civilization.

Now as the chairperson of the Japan Bear & Forest Society, a.k.a. KumaMori, she strives to protect and pass on to the future generations the rich forests in which bears thrive.


Fitz-Earle.jpgDr. Malcolm Fitz-Earle

The Advisor of the Japan Bear & Forest Society

Emeritus Professor,  Department of  Biology, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.  Advisor, Japan Bear and Forest Society.  Director, North Shore of Vancouver Black Bear Society.

He has been involved with bear management and bear education on the North Shore of Vancouver, Canada for several years.   He was chair of the North Shore Black Bear Network, a network of stakeholders concerned about black bear management.   Currently he is a member of the board of Directors of the North Shore Black Bear Society,  a group concerned with public and schools education about black bears (web site:   www.northshorebears.ca ).

He is an Associate Editor of Ursus, the Journal of the International Association for Bear Research and Management. 


Miyazawa.jpgMr. Masayoshi Miyazawa

The Advisor of the Japan Bear & Forest Society

Born in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture,Japan, in 1927, Masayoshi Miyazawa attended Nagano State Commercial High School and was graduated from Industrial Efficiency Junior College.

After graduation, he worked for Nagano Railway Company. Also working on rice fields and apple plantation, he devoted his time in studying Environmentology of wildlifein Japan. He was especially fascinated by Japanese Black Bears with whom he actually lived together for twenty years as a family.

Major written work includes: Japanese Black Bear Diary, How to Breed Ten Little Bears, Warning from Bears, and the most recent 10 Bears Who Became a Family.

Major Research paper: Humans are Cancer Cells of the Living World - Proposal for the Survival, and others.


kadosaki.jpgDr. Masaaki Kadosaki

The Advisor of the Japan Bear & Forest Society

Born in Hokkaido in 1938, Dr. Kadosaki is one of the foremost authorities on the Brown Bear in that region.  He has been studying the Brown Bear ecology and morphology since 1970.  He has been the Director of the Hokkaido Wildlife Laboratory since 1998.

His publications include: Higuma Bears, Illustrated Wildlife Traces, Hokkaido native Ainu's Arrow Poison and Aconite and Ornithology Dictionary.

Website: Hokkaido Wildlife Labratory
Email: kadosaki@pop21.odn.ne.jp


murotani.jpgMs. Yuko Murotani

The Program Direcor of the Japan Bear & Forest Society

In her 2nd year at junior high school, Ms. Murotani, her schoolmates, and teachers initiated the activities to save Japanese Wild Black Bears. In a mission to save both forests and wildlife in Japan, they formally established Japan Bear & Forest Society in 1997. Currently working as a lawyer, she serves a great deal of her time to preserve wildlife in Japan.

1977 – born in Amagasaki City, Hyugo Prefecture
1996 – graduated North Amagasaki High School
2000 – graduated Kyoto University with B.A. in Literature
2004 – finished post graduate study of Literature and Sociology in Kyoto University
2008 – completed judicial research course at Osaka University and passed the National (Legal) Bar Examination
2009 -Lawyer registration (62th term)