The Japanese word for hyena is tategami-inu (traditional Japanese) and haiena (English loanword). The word tategami-inu, although being Japanese, is seldomly used and instead it is far more common for Japanese people to use the English loanword.
|Hyena (traditional Japanese)|
|Hyena (English loanword)|
Interesting facts about hyenas in Japan
Japan has a total of 16 spotted hyenas in 7 zoos across the country. A story in Japan made international news in 2014 when a zoo tried unsuccessfully for a number of years to breed two hyenas only to eventually discover that they were both male. Read the story here.