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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.

    • 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.

  • 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

    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!