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(From Mainichi Daily News)
Raccoon dogs living in a nature-abundant area in central Tokyo face eviction because the housing developer that owns the land plans to build an apartment block there.
The unnamed developer has already begun felling trees in the 1,870-square-meter area, located in residential districts of Shinjuku-ku.
The area is populated with several varieties of trees, such as camphor and cherry -- some of them about 200 years old. Wild birds visit the area, where raccoon dogs and moles live.
The developer bought the land in summer 2004, and plans to construct a three-story condominium there.
Local residents who …