Three giant pandas who were born and raised in Japan will return to their motherland onJune 5 to start their new lives in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The panda twins and their younger sister had been living at Adventure World inShirahama, Wakayama Prefecture.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, their new home, has translated theanimals' names into Chinese, authorities said Friday in a press conference.
The male-female twins, called Hai Bang and Yang Bang, were born on August 11, 2010,while their younger sister You Bang was born on August 10, 2012.
The breeding base and the Japanese park commenced on a panda breeding researchprogram in 1994. They have successfully bred 15 pandas. Among them, eight havereturned to China.
Cubs born to pandas that are "on loan" from China must be returned to China after theyreach sexual maturity or when the cooperative agreement ends.
A national survey released in February 2015 showed that as of the end of 2013, Chinahad 1,864 wild pandas and 375 others living in captivity.