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Creating a brighter future for people and cranes

The red-crowned crane
For centuries, the red-crowned crane has been revered as a symbol of good luck and longevity in countries in East Asia. However, there are only about 3300 wild red-crowned cranes in the world. In Japan, the red-crowned crane was thought to have become extinct at the beginning of the 20th century. However, a small number of surviving individuals was rediscovered in the Kushiro wetland in northern Japan in the 1920s. After decades of conservation efforts by local residents, national and local governments, and conservation groups, the population has increased to more than 1800 cranes. Learn more about the red-crowned crane.

Our mission
  • Carry out research on cranes and their habitats.
  • Increase awareness for nature conservation.
  • Develop and execute viable and sustainable plans for the cranes and local residents.
  • Conserve and restore wetlands and surrounding ecosystems.
  • Be a positive role model for conservation of endangered species and their habitats in Japan and overseas.

Our approach
  • Identify and communicate historical, current and emerging problems.
  • Collect data and suggest solutions that are scientifically sound.
  • Facilitate collaborations among local residents, interested members of the public, government agencies and experts.
  • Keep improving what we do and how we do things by learning from many different people and thinking outside of the box.

Distribution of the red-crowned crane
In Japan, the red-crowned crane is found in eastern and northern parts of Hokkaido, the northernmost of the four main islands of Japan. The office of Red-crowned Crane Conservancy (RCC) is located near Kushiro wetland which is the core of the species‘ distribution range in Hokkaido.

Our successes



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9-21 Wakatake-cho, Kushiro, Hokkaido 085-0036 JAPAN