A controversial story of destruction of Hirabari Satoyama was picked up by Der Spiegel and Japan Times in the middle of COP10.
This Satoyama locates at right by Aichi Driving Center, only 30-minute car ride from COP10 venue is very compact in its size, 5hecters, but one can witness vast biological diversity. It was on Japanese media frequently in December of 2009, because Kawamura Takashi, the mayor of Nagoya city, picked it up to turn Hirabari Satoyama to the symbol of COP10 that proposed Satoyama Initiative.
Nagoya University as well as many local volunteers were already up to make Satoyama as nature museum, but what land owner offered was the purchase of the land for 2.5 billion Yen, 0.5 billion more than what the city estimated and agreed to pay for. Regardless of Kawamura's effort, the rest was never raised, but because of the frequent media appearances, the developers kept themselves quiet until the end of COP10. They actually came to Satoyama on the first week of COP10 for the estimation of cutting trees, and now the real destruction has started.
In order to avoid this worst case, Hirabari Satoyama Conservancy tried to sign up for the official excursions and booth at COP10, but the city officials turned them away, left them no chance to shout for the attention to real Satoyama Initiative. On October 29th protest rally was found at COP10 site, and you can find the pictures at Spiegel Onlinehttp://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,726037,00.html
The timing of this destruction is very controversial. If this satoyama sits in the fourth biggest city of Japan could not survive, what chances do Tokyo and Osaka really have? Satoyama is, indeed, not coexist-able with humans in this century?