Chinanews, December 14th, a comprehensive report, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government of Japan announced that due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, after consultation with the Chinese government, the giant panda "Xiangxiang" living in Ueno Zoo will be postponed to return to China and stay in Japan for another 5 month.
In response, Japanese netizens cheered and expressed their excitement on social networking sites.
According to the "Asahi Shimbun" report, due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, China and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government of Japan have agreed to extend the stay of the giant panda "Xiang Xiang" in Japan to the end of May 2021.
On June 23, 2020, local time, on the first day of the reopening of Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan, tourists visited the female giant panda "Xiang Xiang".
Kyodo News Agency of Japan stated that "Xiangxiang" was originally scheduled to return to China when he was two years old. However, due to its high popularity in Japan, China and Japan decided to extend the lease term to the end of 2020 after discussions.
Recently, due to the new crown epidemic, flights between Tokyo, Japan and Sichuan, China have been suspended, and Xiangxiang’s plan to return to China has been affected.
On June 10, 2019 local time, Tokyo, Japan, the giant panda "Xiang Xiang" gnawed bamboo in the Ueno Zoo.
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According to a previous report by the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), in June 2020, the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan, which was temporarily closed for nearly 4 months due to the new crown epidemic, resumed business. "Xiangxiang" attracted a large number of tourists on the day the zoo reopened.
A female tourist in her 30s said, "I reunited with Xiangxiang after 4 months. I cried happily. (Xiangxiang) is really cute!".
Yoshimasa Tomita, deputy director of Ueno Zoo, said, "Everyone really loves Xiang Xiang."
According to previous reports, the Japanese giant panda "Xiangxiang" was born on June 12, 2017. It is the result of natural mating between the male giant panda "Lili" and the female giant panda "Zhenzhen".