Tokyo wants panda cub Xiang Xiang to stay longer

Jiji Press

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang is seen at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on Nov. 13.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo metropolitan government hopes to hold talks with China on allowing Xiang Xiang, a popular female giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo in the Japanese capital, to be kept in Japan longer than 24 months, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Wednesday.

“We’ll hold talks based on our accord” before handing over Xiang Xiang to China, she said. Any cub born to a giant panda on loan from China must be given to the country 24 months after its birth.

Koike said that the metropolitan government firmly takes Tokyoites’ desire for Xiang Xiang to stay in Japan for an extended period of time.

Xiang Xiang was born to Shin Shin, a female, and her partner, Ri Ri, at the zoo on June 12, 2017. The pair arrived in Japan in February 2011 on loan from China.Speech

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