Japan's Tidal Flats

The "guillotine" that cut off 3550 hectares of Isahaya Tidal Flat, Japan's largest, famous for its mudskippers, sent a shockwave throughout the world. The resulting anger and resentment towards senseless public works was a major reason for the great shift in public opinion that led to the cancellation of the garbage landfill project at Fujimae.

There was some movement towards conservation, from Fujimae to Nakanoumi, Sanbanze and Nakanoikemi. Isahaya, however, was not restored and Wajiro, Awase and Yoshino R. are still threatened by development projects. We need to continue efforts to conserve the tidal flats that still remain in Japan and try to restore environments that have been destroyed.