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For Boyd Harnell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Experts fear Taiji mercury tests are fatally flawed

May 23, 2010

Experts fear Taiji mercury tests are fatally flawed

On May 10, in a front-page lead story headlined “Taiji locals test high for mercury,” The Japan Times reported the results of tests by the National Institute of Minamata Disease (NIMD) that found “extremely high methyl-mercury (MeHg) concentrations in the hair of some residents ...

Apr 13, 2010

Yokota base bans 'Cove' to be neutral

The Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove” has been banned from screening at the U.S. Air Force Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on the grounds that the film is politically sensitive, a spokesman said Monday. Public affairs spokesman Maj. Christopher Watt said Col. Frank Eppich ...

Why bother to set mercury limits that are ignored?

Mar 30, 2008

Why bother to set mercury limits that are ignored?

The following are the results of certified and documented tests of Total Mercury (T-Hg) found in random samples of dolphin meat purchased from supermarkets in Taiji and Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, in 2006-2008. The test system used is known as Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometry. ...

Tokyo sanctions an extended cull of Taiji dolphins

Sep 19, 2007

Tokyo sanctions an extended cull of Taiji dolphins

The photos accompanying this article were shot covertly despite escalating intimidation by members of the Isana Fishery Union in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, who appear to be increasingly fearful that continuing publicity in Japan and abroad will threaten their widely condemned but profitable annual dolphin ...

Taiji officials: Dolphin meat 'toxic waste'

Aug 1, 2007

Taiji officials: Dolphin meat 'toxic waste'

For what is believed to be the first time anywhere in Japan, elected officials have openly condemned the consumption of dolphin meat, especially in school lunches, on grounds that it is dangerously contaminated with mercury. In an exclusive interview with The Japan Times held ...

Eyewitness to slaughter in Taiji's killing coves

Feb 14, 2007

Eyewitness to slaughter in Taiji's killing coves

Almost every day, pods of dolphins ply their way across Hatagiri Bay near the whaling town of Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture, central Japan. It’s a scenic, serene area on the beautiful Kii Peninsula. But death haunts two pristine coves adjacent to Taiji’s whale museum. ...

Dolphin kill dogged by mercury, activists

Nov 1, 2006

Dolphin kill dogged by mercury, activists

Nearly every day since the first week in September, fishermen have been driving pods of dolphins into quiet coves near the village of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, to kill them for their meat, whatever the mercury content, or sell them to marine parks. Each year, ...

Japan Times wins award for animal rights coverage

Feb 15, 2006

Japan Times wins award for animal rights coverage

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today announced that The Japan Times is this year’s winner of its prestigious International Genesis Award, given in recognition of its Nov. 30, 2005 “breakthrough expose” headlined: ” ‘Secret’ dolphin slaughter defies protests.” The article, by ...

'Secret' dolphin slaughter defies protests

Nov 30, 2005

'Secret' dolphin slaughter defies protests

Japan’s annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins began Oct. 8 in the traditional whaling town of Taiji on the Kii Peninsula of Honshu’s Wakayama Prefecture. These “drive fisheries” triggered demonstrations, held under the “Japan Dolphin Day” banner, in 28 countries. The protests went almost ...