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TOKYO: Across Japan's capital, delicate pink-and-white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle.The alien invader is aromia bungii, otherwise known as the red-necked longhorn beetle, which is native to China, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula and northern Vietnam.The beetles live inside cherry and plum trees, stripping them of their bark. Tokyo's cherry blossom season officially started last week as forecasters watching trees at Yasukuni Shrine announced that the city's first blossoms had appeared.The appearance of cherry blossoms is hotly anticipated each year, with forecasters publishing updated maps weeks in advance.
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