Japan: rock music to protect inhabitants from bears

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(AFP) – Can rock and roll protect against bear attacks? This is the hope of a region in northern Japan, which has commissioned a hymn to caution to warn residents of the threat posed by these animals, which are increasingly numerous in rural areas.

“Do you think cubs are cute?” start the lyrics of the song, to a background of drums and guitar riffs.

“Forget that naive way of thinking! Close to this teddy bear, there is a parent bear, and it will suddenly attack you! Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar (English for “Grrrr”) – it will suddenly attack you! “

In response to the increase in the number of bears seen in rural areas of northern Japan, the Iwate Prefecture government commissioned this rock song which will be broadcast throughout the region.

The track was written and performed by two local rockers in their sixties and gives advice on behavior to adopt when encountering a bear, such as “never turn your back and run away” and “playing dead doesn’t work.”

Singer Yuuzen Taguchi, 69 years, said that these tips were useful to him the day he encountered a bear near a field.

“It’s very scary when he appears in front of you “, he told AFP.

” You want to run away, but my grandparents told me there has for years that if you meet a bear, you should not turn around but back away slowly, “he added.

Bears are widespread in Japan and trigger regularly frantic hunts when they venture into towns, where they have attacked and even killed residents.

More than 3. 300 Bear encounters were reported in Iwate Prefecture last year, compared to only 700 in 2017.

Authorities are hoping that the song, which will be shown in local roadside malls until 31 October, will teach people the safety gestures.

The author of the song, Kaoru Toudou, 61 years old, said he originally wrote it as a blues song.

But Yuuzen T aguchi, who has performed in bands for the last 50, gave the song its rock touch.

“They say bears are shy creatures, so I think if any of them heard the song, they would run away,” Kaoru Toudou said.

“That’s the power of rock and roll.”

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