Questions: If minke whale stocks have increased, should Japan be allowed to whale? Is culture a reason to allow limited whaling? What about the U.S. eskimos? Under what circumstances should whaling be allowed? Any? Why or Why not? What research is Japan conducting? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 8 Jul 96 11:38:00 UTC 0000 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Japan whaling flotilla leaves Japan whaling flotilla leaves on ``research'' mission TOKYO, July 5 (Reuter) - Japan's whaling mother ship, Nisshin Maru, and three catcher boats, left port on Friday for the northwest Pacific ocean on a two-month "research" mission to catch minke whales. The 7,440-tonne Nisshin Maru and the catcher boats set sail from Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, with the aim of catching 100 minke whales, a Fisheries Agency official said. The departure of the whaling flotilla follows a resolution adopted last month in Aberdeen, Scotland, by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), calling on Japan to stop its research whaling. Japan's research is thinly disguised commercial whaling, environmental activists say, because most of the meat ends up as an expensive delicacy in Japanese restaurants. Environmentalists also criticise Tokyo's claim that whaling is a deep part of Japan's culture and therefore should be tolerated. Japan has conducted research whaling in the Antarctic since 1987 and in the northwestern Pacific since 1994. Japan has killed about 300 minke whales annually in the name of scientific research since it joined the global moratorium in 1987. Japan, the world's biggest consumer of whalemeat, says research missions to the Antarctic have shown that stocks in some areas have recovered enough to justify the resumption of commercial whaling.