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News Whaling: Japan on brink of IWC pullout


Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
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After their bid to resume commercial whale hunting has been rejected, Japan contemplates leaving the IWC and setting up their own whaling organisation, comprising nations such as Nicaragua, Kenya, Tanzania, and others. Given the general indifference and the lack of interest among Japanese, I wonder why the whaling lobby keeps pushing this issue. When asked whether they like whale most Japanese I have talked to think of unsavoury "school lunch". What gives?

Japan on brink of IWC pullout after losing vote on commercial whaling plan | The Japan Times

There are some interesting websites and articles on Japanese cars and the local car scene. Have you tried contacting their owners/authors? Certainly, they'll be able to help you to connect with local groups. Secrets Of The Japanese Car Scene - Speedhuntersapan’s determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting has been rejected by the International Whaling Commission in a tense vote that left the 72-year old organization at a crossroads. Masaaki Taniai, vice minister for fisheries, said he “regretted” the vote’s outcome Friday and threatened Tokyo’s withdrawal from the 89-member body if progress cannot be made toward a return to commercial whaling.“If scientific evidence and diversity are not respected if commercial whaling is completely denied … Japan will be pressed to undertake a fundamental reassessment of its position as a member of the IWC,” he said. Joji Morishita, Japan’s IWC commissioner, declined to comment when asked if this was Japan’s last appearance at the IWC, an organization he has chaired for the past two years. His term ended on Friday. Minutes after the meeting, he said that the differences with anti-whaling nations were “very clear” and that Japan will now plan its “next steps.”Anti-whaling nations led by Australia, the European Union and the United States defeated Japan’s “Way Forward” proposal in a 41-27 vote. Japan had sought consensus for its plan but had been forced to push the proposal to a vote “to demonstrate the resounding voices of support” for a return to sustainable whaling for profit, Taniai said. Pacific and Caribbean island nations as well as Nicaragua and several African countries, including Morocco, Kenya and Tanzania, voted with Japan, as did Laos and Cambodia. South Korea abstained. [...]

Leaving IWC no guarantee Japan can resume whale hunts:The Asahi Shimbun
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