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Peter Lavrentiev
Peter Lavrentiev

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Marine Park Empire is a platinum edition of Zoo Empire released on September 22, 2005. Marine Park Empire includes major updates such as better AI, new interface, a major graphics update, and overall an easier-to-manage way of running one's empire. Marine Park Empire also introduces new marine animals, but still contains all animals from Zoo Empire. It has 60 animals, over 150 game structures, and 21 scenario scenes.

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Amid rounds of controversy over animal acquisitions from Zimbabwe, the Chimelong empire has also come under international criticism over how it has acquired marine mammals for Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, opened in 2014 at Hengqin, Zhuhai, on the southern coast of Guangdong province, and for how the marine mammals are treated after they arrive there.

In recent years, research focusing on the relationship between animals and humans, or more precisely, the meaning and appropriation of animals in the human world, has made considerable contributions to the field of Japanese studies. While some of this research deals with animals in ritual, religion, or folk tales, other studies broaden our understanding of the social and cultural history of modern Japan in more general ways. Ian Miller's The Nature of the Beasts is one of these works and a most valuable complement to other monographs that tackle fundamental issues of modern Japan by focusing on the relationship between human and nonhuman animals in society and culture. Ian Miller has already contributed to the pioneering volume JAPANimals,3 introducing the Ueno Zoo in early twentieth-century Japan as a space where nation and empire were staged. In the monograph under review here, Miller not only narrates a history of the most famous zoological garden in Japan, which was also the very first modern zoo in East Asia, but also provides a highly interesting supplement to the history of culture, mentalities, and everyday life in modern Japan.

The idiosyncratic flavor of human-animal relationships at Japan'sprincipal zoo is vividly, and sometimes disturbingly, illustrated inpart 2, "The Culture of Total War." Miller's examination disclosesmanifestations of human-animal relationships which are quitedistinctive. Memorials for the nonhuman war dead are extremelyunusual in zoos, yet a cenotaph was constructed for lost animals in1931 at Ueno, and by 1945 there were similar constructions in most ofthe empire's larger zoos. Furthermore, the imagery of valiantconflict was explicit at the zoo: retired warhorses were paraded,while uniformed children saluted animal soldiers. It is in thecontext of total war that Miller examines the slaughter of dangerousand expensive creatures. This analysis of the "sacrifice" ofanimals--which were starved, strangled, poisoned, bludgeoned,as theJapanese empire collapsed--adds significantly to historiographyregarding Japan in an all-consuming state of total war bycontextualizing it within the wider frame of Japanese identity over asignificant period of time.[3] As Miller remarks, "we cannot ...understand the 'dark valley' of Japan's imperial nadir, withoutaccounting for the powerful emotions of the time, and the story ofUeno's 'animal martyrs' offers us a connection with that world" (p.160).

In the years following the collapse of the empire, Japanese identityreconfigured once more. Part 3, "After Empire," explores thisreconfiguration in relation to further transformations inhuman-animal relationships at the zoo as it became a locus ofinnocence, reflecting a rising desire to expunge the war guilt of theJapanese people. It is the figure of the panda that Miller bestdeploys as a symbol of a Japanese nation remade at the climax ofecological modernity. The interest of the Japanese in the giant pandawas intense when the first pair arrived in 1972, while Miller'sillustration of "panda diplomacy" serves to effectively illustratethe central contradictions which so complicate our conceptualizationsof nonhumans in the most recent decades of the Anthropocene. 041b061a72


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