Next Antarctic whaling hunt canceled: official

Apr 3, 2014

Next Antarctic whaling hunt canceled: official

Japan is canceling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said Thursday, just days after the U.N. International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice. “We have decided to cancel research whaling ...

Abe: Japan to accept anti-whaling ruling

Apr 2, 2014

Abe: Japan to accept anti-whaling ruling

Japan will accept an international court ruling that its whaling program is not conducted for scientific purposes and that such activity should be stopped, a government official quoted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying Wednesday. “It is extremely regrettable and disappointing, but Japan will ...

Japan's antarctic whale hunts not scientific: ICJ

Mar 31, 2014

Japan's antarctic whale hunts not scientific: ICJ

The U.N.’s top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science. The judgment by the International Court of Justice in The Hague is binding, final ...

Icebreaker signals China poles goals

| Jan 8, 2014

Icebreaker signals China poles goals

A Chinese research vessel’s escape from pack ice after evacuating 52 people from a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica has shone a spotlight on the Asian power’s growing polar ambitions at both ends of the Earth. In the Arctic, China’s strategic goals include the ...

Jan 1, 2014

Antarctic ship passengers to be evacuated by Chinese helicopter

Most passengers and some crew from a scientific expedition ship stranded off Antarctica will be evacuated by helicopter to a Chinese icebreaker if weather conditions improve, Russia said Monday. Authorities decided to resort to the helicopter evacuation after the Aurora Australis rescue icebreaker was ...

Famous dog statues to leave Tokyo Tower

May 16, 2013

Famous dog statues to leave Tokyo Tower

Work began Wednesday at Tokyo Tower to remove the statues of 15 Sakhalin huskies that accompanied the first Japanese expedition to the Antarctic in the late 1950s. The statues, which have stood near the broadcast tower for more than 50 years, include those of ...