Subject: Japan Objects to Sanctuary

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Subject: Whale Sanctuary Threateneed
/* Written  2:24 PM  Jul  5, 1994 by antarctica in igc:env.marine */
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THE ANTARCTICA PROJECT                        further information:
PRESS RELEASE                                 Charles Webb
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 5, 1994                ph.: 202-544-0236
                                              fax: 202-544-8483
Japan to file an objection against the Southern Ocean Whale
Japan has indicated that it will table a formal objection against
the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) decision to establish
a whale sanctuary in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica.
According to Japanese government sources, the Ministry of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which overseas Japan's
"scientific" whaling program, has concluded that "the sanctuary
decision has no scientific evidence."
If approved by other relevant ministries and the cabinet, the
objection will exempt Japan from observing the Southern Ocean Whale
Sanctuary.  This would allow Japan to continue its scientific
whaling program, and increase the possibility of commercial whaling
in the Southern Ocean.  Japan has claimed that it could slaughter
up to 4,000 Antarctic minke whales annually without impacting the
The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was adopted on May 26th at the
IWC's 46th Annual Meeting.  The IWC voted 23 to 1 in favor of the
sanctuary, with Japan casting the only negative vote.  If properly
implemented, the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary would close the
Antarctic (where over 1.5 million whales have been killed this
century) to any future resumption of commercial whaling, providing
whale populations a chance to recover.  It would also offer
scientists a unique opportunity to study the effects of ozone
depletion and global warming on whale populations.
Please write to Mr. Eijiro Hata, Minister of International Trade
and Industry, MITI, 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
100, Japan.  Let him know that you plan to boycott all Japanese
products until Japan announces its formal recognition of, and
unconditional support for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.  Send
a copy of your letter to: Mr. Taichiro Okawara, Minister of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-
ku, Tokyo 100, Japan.  Letters are needed now, as we only have a
few weeks to influence the Japanese decision.