Mar 23, 2016

U.S. expands tougher 'dolphin-safe' rules around the world

The United States, facing sanctions for discriminating against Mexican tuna imports, is expanding tougher rules for labeling tuna “dolphin-safe” on the rest of the world instead of easing up on Mexico. Last fall, the World Trade Organization ruled that the United States was unfairly ...

Mie University aims to develop dolphin-breeding technology

Mar 10, 2016

Mie University aims to develop dolphin-breeding technology

Mie University plans to set up a facility to develop viable dolphin-breeding technology in fiscal 2016 in a move that could help aquariums secure stable supplies of the mammal, it was learned Thursday. It will be the first Japanese university to have such a ...

Japan's unofficial rebuttal to 'The Cove'

Feb 10, 2016

Japan's unofficial rebuttal to 'The Cove'

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For the past few weeks I’ve been having flashbacks of a video that a vegan acquaintance posted on Facebook. Shot on a hidden camera, it depicted hundreds of fluffy male chicks getting conveyed into an industrial grinder, their punishment for being deemed surplus to ...

Japan deports 'The Cove' dolphin activist

Feb 5, 2016

Japan deports 'The Cove' dolphin activist

U.S. animal rights activist Ric O’Barry, detained for nearly three weeks after being denied entry to Japan, has been deported from the country, his supporters said Friday. The star of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” about dolphin killing in a town of Taiji, “has ...

Dolphin activist Ric O'Barry ordered to leave Japan

Jan 22, 2016

Dolphin activist Ric O'Barry ordered to leave Japan

U.S. animal rights activist Ric O’Barry, star of “The Cove,” an Oscar-winning documentary about the fishing village of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, where dolphins are trapped and hacked to death, has been ordered to leave Japan. O’Barry, the former dolphin trainer for the “Flipper” TV series, was ...

Nov 1, 2015

Pro-whaling activists hold rally in Taiji

Some 50 nationalists have staged a rally in the whaling town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, to counter the anti-whaling campaign by the conservation group Sea Shepherd. The demonstration Saturday came weeks after the small town — thrust into the global spotlight by the Oscar-winning ...

Emperor Yoshihito's coronation; crowds pack Tokyo dance halls before ban; Hikari superexpress now world's fastest; nearly 600 dolphins slaughtered in Nagasaki

| Oct 31, 2015

Emperor Yoshihito's coronation; crowds pack Tokyo dance halls before ban; Hikari superexpress now world's fastest; nearly 600 dolphins slaughtered in Nagasaki

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100 YEARS AGO Thursday, Nov. 11 1915 ‘Divine’ Coronation for Emperor Yoshihito The Coronation of His Majesty the Emperor Yoshihito, the 123rd Emperor in an unbroken line of illustrious sovereigns, was held today in the ancient Imperial Palace in Kyoto with impressive simplicity befitting ...

Threatening letter sent to museum demands halt to dolphin hunt

Oct 22, 2015

Threatening letter sent to museum demands halt to dolphin hunt

A threatening letter has been sent to a whale museum in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, demanding that local fishermen halt controversial drive hunts of dolphins, police said Thursday. The letter, handwritten in Japanese, said, “Stop drive hunts of dolphins now!” and “I cannot contain (my ...