American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

Jan 20, 2015

American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

by Kanae Ayukawa

An American researcher studying the centuries-old whaling culture of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, is using the Internet to give people overseas a more nuanced picture of the coastal town, which gained international notoriety through a documentary about its dolphin hunting practices. Jay Alabaster, 39, visited ...

Rare albino dolphin captured in Taiji: Sea Shepherd

Nov 26, 2014

Rare albino dolphin captured in Taiji: Sea Shepherd

A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, said a campaign group staging a protest over the sale or slaughter of the creatures. The albino Risso’s dolphin was driven into a cove over the weekend by fishermen at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, said ...

Contentious annual dolphin hunt begins in Taiji

Sep 17, 2014

Contentious annual dolphin hunt begins in Taiji

The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners and a local fishermen’s union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. Activists from the environmentalist group Sea Shepherd have been monitoring ...

May 16, 2014

Activists sue whaling town claiming discrimination

Animal rights activists said they have filed a lawsuit against whaling town Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, for banning “foreign-looking” visitors from its whale museum. Sarah Lucas, head of Australia for Dolphins, filed the suit Tuesday at the Wakayama District Court, demanding an end to “discrimination ...

Feb 1, 2014

Defend dolphins, not a 'tradition'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. It is an inhumane practice that should be stopped.

Campaigners rally against Japan's dolphin hunting

Jan 24, 2014

Campaigners rally against Japan's dolphin hunting

Activists protesting Japan’s indigenous dolphin hunting held a rally in Tokyo Friday, calling on officials to stop sales of the marine mammals to aquariums and as meat. Some two dozen campaigners, mostly Japanese, congregated in front of the Fisheries Agency with banners and pictures, ...