Japan wants to make the world’s best-dressed animals “feel like they’re in a zoo,” according to the country’s president.
The president of the country, Shinzo Abe, has launched a new effort to help the country reach its goal of having its 10,000-strong male lions, tigers, bears and penguins become world-class performers.
Abe said in a statement Thursday that Japan is looking to establish the “animal kingdom” and “creates a model of harmony, harmony in nature and harmony in people” to help it attain the goal of being a “world-class country.”
The president, whose name means “son of heaven” in Japanese, said the aim is to bring together the best animals and encourage people to be kind to animals, and to “embrace the beauty of nature.”
The goal is to create the “animals of tomorrow,” Abe said.
Abe has launched the campaign with the goal to promote the countrys wildlife parks and animal-welfare measures.
The campaign, which has been dubbed “Lion of Japan,” was started in 2017 by Abe and his wife, Akie, and has been supported by a national fundraising drive that has raised more than $6 billion.
A number of other countries, including the United States and Japan, have adopted similar measures in recent years, including in China, where the government has set up more than 50 parks and preserves to promote animals.
The initiative has also been a focus of the Tokyo metropolitan government, which is hosting a summit this week on a theme of “creating a better world” to be held next month.
The theme of the summit is “The Future of the World,” which Abe said will focus on the future of the animal kingdom.