Case Study: Japan Whaling 1995

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   TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese whaling fleet left port today for the
Antarctic, where it plans to catch about 400 minke whales for
research purposes, 100 more than last year.
   The International Whaling Commission voted to ban commercial
whaling in 1986, but left each nation the option of carrying out
research whaling. Japan has conducted a hunt every year since then.
   Japan, the world's largest consumer of whale meat, says the
research is needed to accurately gauge whale populations and
migrations, but critics say the program is an attempt to keep its
whaling industry alive.
   In May, Tokyo submitted to the IWC a report on plans to raise
the catch quota to 400, with the hunting area expanded.
   "The new catch quota is apparently intended to boost whale meat
supplies," said Junko Sakurai of the environmental group
Greenpeace, which opposes whaling.
   Takanori Ohashi of the Fisheries Agency denied the charge,
saying the increased catch is a result of expanding research.After being
examined, the whale carcasses are distributed to
wholesalers and restaurants for sale across Japan.