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Ric O’Barry, opponent of Japanese dolphin hunt, detained at Narita

AP

Ric O’Barry, a prominent advocate for ending the dolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, was detained Tuesday by immigration authorities at Narita International Airport.

O’Barry, who was featured prominently in the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” about the Taiji hunt, was barred entry when immigration officials reportedly said he is not a tourist, the visa he was using to enter Japan.

Immigration officials at Narita said it is their policy not to comment on individual cases. O’Barry’s lawyer, Takashi Takano, said he has appealed the decision to deny him entry.

According to Takano, O’Barry told him that the officials accused him of having close relations with the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, which O’Barry denies.

Before he became a prominent advocate for protecting dolphins, O’Barry was the trainer for the TV series “Flipper.”

  • malka

    shame on japan……….

  • Firas Kraïem

    There is no such thing as “tourist” in Japanese immigration law. There is “temporary visitor”, which encompasses a lot more than tourim.

    • Erin Jelley

      He is very careful and would definitely had his visa did you not see what happened the last time he was there in September 2015

    • Erin Jelley

      He is very careful and would definitely had his visa did you not see what happened the last time he was there in September 2015

    • Barbara Napoles

      Americans do not need Visa to enter Japan.

      • Tatsujiro Kurogane

        It does help when paying for hotels and stuff, though, but lately places seem to also accept Mastercard.

      • Capitán Trueno

        no American Express…?

      • Tatsujiro Kurogane

        IMPERIALIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

    • Barbara Napoles

      Americans do not need Visa to enter Japan.

  • Satin

    Shame on you JAPAN. What are you trying to hide? It is obvious that O’Barry was denied entry because you think that he is “the boss” and that everybody opposed to your murderous greedy traditions is going to forget and your will continue to do whatever you want. It does not work that way. We are free and have free will. We will not give up not forget.

    • 69station

      “JAPAN” has nothing to do with this: make criticisms at individuals, groups, or organizations.

      If they are trying to hide something then this incident will cause the opposite, i.e. lots of worldwide media attention. So either they are stupid or not trying to hide anything.

      Of course he was denied entry for what he has done, as it is not within the scope of his visa. Same rule as applies to everyone else.

      • Bruce H. Crocker

        Unfortunately, 69station, while I agree that the Japanese people should not be blamed for what their government is doing, the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzu, is on record stating that what is taking place in Taiji is “tradition” when that is a blatant lie!! Whaling is a cultural tradition, but abducting baby dolphins and selling them into a life of slavery, confined to what amounts to the equivalent of a “studio apartment” from which the occupant may never leave, IS NOT!!! One could also argue that neither are the dolphin “drive hunts” since they didn’t really start until after there was a moratorium put on whaling in 1972…..and the drive hunts are now conducted with fast moving powerful banger boats equipped with sonar, etc…..drive hunts which are patently not about obtaining food for the people, both because hardly any eat it any more plus the degree of heavy metal contamination that is a part of it. And by the way….if it weren’t for activists like Ric O’Barry exposing the fact of the meat contamination, the thoughtful government officials in the Wakayama Prefecture would still be providing it as free lunch to the school children!!

  • Karina1

    Ric O’Barry has never caused any trouble in Japan and is a peaceful, compassionate opponent of the Dolphin Slaughter. By detaining him Japan is showing the world they do not want the world to know what is happening in Taiji.

  • English ChapinSF

    If you like dolphins and dont want to see 20,000 bludgeoned to death EVERY year in Japan, then PLEASE we need your help to make a difference. Each individual CAN do something to reach the Japanese people who are the only people to have a chance to change their governments mind! I just joined 2 month ago and already have 2700+ followers and that will grow exponentially to millions of Japanese citizens IF you join us. PLEASE do it for those that have no voice. WE collectively ARE their only chance. JT doesnt allow links, but go to face book and search for “dolphin angels”


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  • Deborah Ahern

    This is so adamant that Abe Shinzo is involved in keeping Ric out. Abe wants whales killed and dolphins and captivity to continue. They are hiding all of this and want Ric out and will try to get anyone out who speaks out about this inhumanity to sentient and self aware animals.

  • http://theinconvenienttruthonwhaling.blogspot.com/ kujirakira

    Surprised it took them this long.
    He’s been abusing tourist visa for years… he’ll still be able to get in once he applies for the appropriate business visa. He was never a tourist, and the US would never allow a professional to abuse the tourist exemption either.

  • Mrs White

    Well at least now even more people across the world will know about the heinous activities at TAIJI and the greed which is behind the so called ‘traditional’ drive hunts.
    I know lots of Japanese people in the West are as disgusted as other nationalities at the damage being done to Japan’s reputation by the horrific things done at TAIJI.

  • John Doberman

    what is the government agency doing restricting someone’s lawful passage on the grounds of association?

  • John Doberman

    Japan itsu made konna kudaranai koto tsuzukeru?
    to kill creatures everyone loves and make such a scene just to be defiant? GROW UP!

  • ben dover

    slice him super thin

  • Tatsujiro Kurogane

    I assume we both assume a business visa would never, ever be granted, yes? I get what you mean, but unfortunately for the Flipper Huggers, what O’Barry does in Japan is not allowed except by nationals. As is probably true even in many countries where they don’t kill and eat our flippery friends. This idea that he has an absolute right to enter a foreign country is far more monstrous than slaughtering a few fancy fishies.

    • Bruce H. Crocker

      And what exactly is it that Mr. O’Barry is doing that is WRONG! Shining a light on something that is both cruel and shameful, nameful the abduction of baby dolphins in order to sell into a life of slavery for the profit of non-Japanese citizens? We “Flipper Huggers”, now there’s a marked term of respect……I guess we shouldn’t simply call those few dozen Taijian killers, “dolphin killers”, we should call them the “Kitchie Koo Kidnappers”! As for your remark about “slaughtering a few fishies”…are you really that ignorant of the Animal Kingdom? Dolphins are not fish (there are dolphinfish, but the dolphin is not one), they are intelligent mammals…a member of the mammalian family, whose ancestor was a land creature more than 50 million years ago. The cetacean branched off from its other “brethren’ approximately 20-25 millions of years ago, at which time its physical form was precisely as you see it today! Thus meaning that it has had at least 20 million years of time during which its brain has been evolving. Contrast that with the human ancestor who only branched off from its brethren approx. 4-5 million years ago, arriving at its latest form of Homo sapiens (that’s us) a mere 400,000 years ago, thus giving us less than 1/5 of the time during which our brain could evolve. But, don’t let me stop you from living in your cocoon of ignorance and thereby feeling justified in putting this all down to “cultural imperialism”!!

      • Tatsujiro Kurogane

        Wow. When your meds run out they really run out don’t they? :) Anyways, what Ricky O is doing that is wrong is entering (or, trying to enter, snicker snicker) Japan on a tourist visa that expressly doesn’t allow him to engage in the sort of political activism he has engaged in on previous visits. The Japanese are simply using their laws to prevent an interloper from, well, from interloping. I agree with you that what he is doing isn’t really covered by a Business Visa either, and it wouldn’t be granted in any event because the activities he engages in are prohibited for non-citizens (or perhaps non-residents). In case you care, I am opposed to the Dolphin hunt, but not as opposed as I am to preachy White turds telling other peoples how to live their lives. The Seal Hunt has always looked like fun from that perspective, but it’s a bit far from Vancouver just for a rush of blood lust and some new Mukluks. Thanks also for the biology lesson. You could easily qualify for the upcoming Reach for the Top: Special Olympians’ Edition. You did very well to remember all that Very Difficult material. A Gold Star and milk and cookies for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUGZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Bruce H. Crocker

        Oh, my meds are just fine…..but you have me wondering about yours! You see, persons from a number of countries, 57 in all…..don’t require a visa at all…those persons are eligible for entry under an “Exemption of Visa (Short-term Stay) arrangement, in the case of US and Canadian citizens for up to 90 days! Now, I have searched far and wide, but have been unable to find anything that expressly forbids the visitor from reporting negatively on an activity being carried out in the country of Japan! I have no doubt that the “Kitchy Koo Kidnappers” or “Kiddy Snatchers” for short, wish that there were some rule to cover that, but the only way it can be done is through corrupt influence of those who should be above such corruption!
        Now, if I were to lower myself to your level, there are a few derogatory nicknames that I could apply to you, however I won’t stoop to that level and will just call you Mr. Tatsujiru-non-san.
        I, nor any of my fellow activists are trying to tell you how to live your lives! We are simply pointing out a tragic set of events in which a few of your countrymen are bringing shame upon your country by way of the abduction and sale of live dolphins into a life of slavery! No, we don’t like it and we are doing everything that we can to cut off the slave market. The actual persons most responsible for what is taking place in Taiji is the fault of non-Japanese persons who will buy tickets to see these dolphins performing stupid tricks. As far as the killing…..since we have livestock being raised to be killed for food, my only real complaint abour that is the method used….which, to any decent human being is disgusting to the point of being an obscenity! If the dolphins were separated from one another and killed out of sight and sound of the living (humanely by being rendered immediately unconscious), I could hardly mount any valid argument against the use of their meat except for the fact that the Western livestock is not polluted with heavy metals. Another point of valid contention that could be argued is that these dolphins are passers-by and thus are really a part of the world’s entire ocean ecology. Which translates into a valid argument being had for saying…hey, Japan…these aren’t your dolphins to wipe out…..if they were indigenous to Japan and when Japan wiped out all of ‘their” dolphins, that would be the end of it for Japan….hey, fill your boots. Pissing in your own bowl of corn flakes doesn’t hurt me one bit!!!” But those dolphins are not Japan’s and what happens to their population is a world wide issue!!
        As far as the biology lesson, you are most welcome, even if you don’t mean one word of it! You may well have been aware of some, all, or none of them….I could care less. Now you know and you know that I know that you know! What you do with your knowledge is up to you! But a very smart man once said
        “Those who have the privilege to KNOW
        Have the duty to ACT!”
        Which I believe means that if you KNOW something is WRONG
        You have the DUTY to do what you can to CORRECT the WRONG!
        Naturally, there are many wrongful things taking place, but I have chosen to do what I can to stop dolphin enslavement! What is your choice of DUTY!

  • Bruce H. Crocker

    What business!! Oh, you mean the business of exposing to the world and OH MY GOODNESS, to the Japanese people, that a paltry few of their fellow countrymen have allowed themselves to crawl into the beds of dolphin slavers by abducting baby dolphins and selling them into a life of slavery, thus holding Japan to shame and ridicule!!….is that the business that he is in??! Absolutely shameful….the Whistle Blower’s Visa application is right on your left, Sir!! Whistle-blowing is now a business is it? Let’s kick em all out…..you want to come into Japan…..come in and smile at all anyone does there…don’t complain about something you see! That’s not the Japanese way…you see, we let our government tell us what’s right and what’s wrong!!! Even if it means feeding our school children contaminated free dolphin meat meals at lunchtime!!! Funny….didn’t hear any PEOPLE of the WAkayama Prefecture complaining about that being made known to them!!! I get the impression that many Japanese people have been put in the position of being treated by the government like “mushrooms”….which when raised commercially are typically “kept in the dark and fed horseshit!!

  • Bruce H. Crocker

    See my reply to Tatsujiro Kurogane for further but suffice to say…yes, he can apply for a business visa, ahhh… like those wonderful dolphin slavers that Taiji sells the babies to….at least, I suppose that they must have a business visa, although for the life of me, if it is accurately worded, I can only imagine what the correct wording must be!
    Narita Immigration Person – “Ahhhh….Mr. Nemo-san, you want a visa to come into Japan and buy the abducted baby dolphins that our Tajian dolphin ‘FISHERMEN” ‘SAVED” from death so that we could do business with you and sell these babies into a lifetime of slavery confined to little concrete tanks FOR MANY MANY TIMES what a dead dolphin would sell for? Ahhh-so, Nemo-san…we have just the visa….it’s called the new traditional “DOLPHIN SLAVE MASTER” visa and comes in two categories…..the “under 3 year but more than 6 months” category and the “over 3 year” category” The over 3 year category is a little more expensive….how much?….ahh, 60,000 yen..that’s 500 US….we have to charge that to pay for the loss of meat sale….oh, you know about the mercury poisoning….okay, forget the 60,000 yen…. the visa gives you free access to the live dolphins (whisper….actually they aren’t ours…they just happen to be passing by on their annual pathway around the world…but we snagged em…so possession’s 9/10ths of the law you know and good old SHINZU-san, he’s the other 1/10th…are they what? Guaranteed to live….oh, no…paid in full on pickup from Taiji….no guarantees.”
    If I sound sarcastic, I am…for the simple reason that sarcasm is the only way to deal with someone who seems to find it difficult to avoid cutting their nose off to spite their face!

  • Bruce H. Crocker

    See my reply to Tatsujiro Kurogane for further but suffice to say…yes, he can apply for a business visa, ahhh… like those wonderful dolphin slavers that Taiji sells the babies to….at least, I suppose that they must have a business visa, although for the life of me, if it is accurately worded, I can only imagine what the correct wording must be!
    Narita Immigration Person – “Ahhhh….Mr. Nemo-san, you want a visa to come into Japan and buy the abducted baby dolphins that our Tajian dolphin ‘FISHERMEN” ‘SAVED” from death so that we could do business with you and sell these babies into a lifetime of slavery confined to little concrete tanks FOR MANY MANY TIMES what a dead dolphin would sell for? Ahhh-so, Nemo-san…we have just the visa….it’s called the new traditional “DOLPHIN SLAVE MASTER” visa and comes in two categories…..the “under 3 year but more than 6 months” category and the “over 3 year” category” The over 3 year category is a little more expensive….how much?….ahh, 60,000 yen..that’s 500 US….we have to charge that to pay for the loss of meat sale….oh, you know about the mercury poisoning….okay, forget the 60,000 yen…. the visa gives you free access to the live dolphins (whisper….actually they aren’t ours…they just happen to be passing by on their annual pathway around the world…but we snagged em…so possession’s 9/10ths of the law you know and good old SHINZU-san, he’s the other 1/10th…are they what? Guaranteed to live….oh, no…paid in full on pickup from Taiji….no guarantees.”
    If I sound sarcastic, I am…for the simple reason that sarcasm is the only way to deal with someone who seems to find it difficult to avoid cutting their nose off to spite their face!