Info: Japan and Whaling (IWC)

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 3 Jun 1995 12:30:46

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02-Jun-95 05:55 pm Regular  International
 
JAPAN WILL NOT HALT WHALING -- MINISTER
 
 
   Tokyo, June 2 Reuter - Japan has no intention of halting whale
hunting and will make efforts to persuade the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) not to ban whaling entirely, Agriculture Minister
Taichiro Okawara said on Friday.
    ``Japan has no intention of stopping whaling for scientific
purposes,'' Okawara told reporters. ``We will tenaciously negotiate
with other nations to attain their understanding.''
   Okawara was responding to an IWC resolution at its annual meeting
in Dublin on Thursday that urged Norway to stop all whaling
activities. The resolution was not directed against Japan.
   Norway is the only country that continues commercial whaling,
defying an international ban by the IWC since 1985.
   But Japan also continues to hunt whales under a loophole that
permits ``scientific'' whaling. It is seeking IWC approval of a plan
to continue killing about 300 minke whales annually for population
studies for the next 16 years.
   Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research carries out ``research''
whaling on behalf of the government and has killed about 300 minke
whales annually since 1987.
   Environmental activists say this is thinly disguised commercial
whaling as most of the meat, an expensive delicacy in Japan, ends up
in restaurants.
   Japan, the world's biggest consumer of whalemeat, says successive
research missions to the Antarctic have shown that stocks in some
areas have recovered enough to justify the resumption of commercial
whaling.
 
 
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