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The eyes of global media are on Cayman’s genetically modified mosquito project.

Journalists from Japan’s NHK network flew to Cayman this week to cover Thursday’s (14 July) planned release of the GMO mosquito in West Bay.

NHK’s Kazumoto Ohno told Cayman 27 the city of Tokyo has suffered outbreaks of dengue in the past, and viewers in his country share our concerns about controlling the mosquito that transmits dengue and other diseases like zika.

He said that’s especially true now as travel from Japan to Brazil ramps up for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“That has already triggered sort of a panic in Japan because the reporters and the athletes have to go over to be there, and that’s why this news report will be aired July 31st, right before the Olympics,” said Mr. Ohno.

Mr. Ohno said the judge’s decision to grant a stay in the case has thrown a wrench in their original coverage plans, but like any good journalist, he and his crew will roll with the punches and cover the story as it moves into a courtroom next Tuesday (19 July).

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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