Feb 11, 2007

Vitriol vies with science

For journalists used to the smooth diplomatic hum of the global conference circuit, covering the poisonous annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) is akin to being slapped in the face with a slab of week-old minke bacon. Government representatives from across the ...

The price of stalemate

Feb 11, 2007

The price of stalemate

One of the most controversial elements of Japan’s campaign to overturn the International Whaling Commission’s 1986 commercial whaling ban is the alleged use of official Overseas Development Aid to “buy” the votes of poorer IWC member-countries. That is an allegation vehemently denied by fisheries ...

Feb 11, 2007

From the inside looking out . . .

‘There are a number of factors, both biological and economic, which led the industry to destroy one whale species after another, even though the industry was dependent on their survival. Thus, the commercial whaling ban should be kept and not mixed up with the ...

Siege mentality fuels 'sustainability' claims

Feb 11, 2007

Siege mentality fuels 'sustainability' claims

At the government’s Fisheries Agency in Tokyo, which drives the prowhaling campaign in Japan, there is thinly disguised contempt for the antiwhaling finger-wagging of New Zealand, a country with boundless rich farmland and a tiny population to support. In contrast, Japan’s food self-sufficiency is ...

Feb 11, 2007

Deadlock is dominant in whaling's 'petty parlor game'

In light of the entrenched positions involved, the whaling issue appears hopelessly deadlocked as the prowhaling nations led by Japan, Iceland and Norway demand the right to return to commercial whaling from countries equally determined to resist them. Inside Japan, the government’s Fisheries Agency ...

Telling another side of the story

Oct 12, 2006

Telling another side of the story

James Bradley wrote the book “Flags of Our Fathers,” on which one of Clint Eastwood’s new films is based. “Flags” tells the true story of what is arguably the most famous photo in warfare, taken as his father and five other marines raised the ...

His Emperor's reluctant warrior

Aug 13, 2006

His Emperor's reluctant warrior

Samurai-born and steeled in Japan’s harsh military culture, Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi had lived five years in North America but was largely unknown to Washington’s leaders when he was ordered to defend Iwo Jima “at all costs.” The U.S. would pay dearly for underestimating him. ...

Iwo Jima: 'A futile battle' fought without surrender

Aug 13, 2006

Iwo Jima: 'A futile battle' fought without surrender

August 15 is the 61st anniversary of Emperor Hirohito’s capitulation speech that ended World War II. Yet even in a world assailed ever since with ghastly images of conflicts, few rank with the ferocity both sides showed in the battle for a remote Pacific ...

'Even the dead were being forced to fight'

Aug 13, 2006

'Even the dead were being forced to fight'

Satoru Omagari was a 23-year-old mechanic and a sub-lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force when he was ordered to the defense of Iwo Jima in 1944. Before he was drafted into the military he was a university student. Here, published for the ...