Subject: Case Study:Japan whaling flotilla leaves

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Mon, 8 Jul 1996 11:41:28 -0400 (EDT)

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?

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Date: Mon, 8 Jul 96 11:38:00 UTC 0000
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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.