Apr 10, 2015

Minke whaling begins in Japanese coastal waters

Four whaling ships left a northeastern port Friday to hunt up to 51 minke whales in coastal waters in the period up to May 26 as part of the government’s scientific research whaling in the northwestern Pacific. The Association for Community-based Whaling, a nonprofit ...

Jan 6, 2015

Whalers heading for Antarctic without their harpoons

Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week but will leave their harpoons at home after the United Nations’ top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government said Tuesday. The Fisheries Agency said the Institute of Cetacean Research ...

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. official urges Japan to reconsider research whaling plan

A U.S. official urged Japan on Wednesday to reconsider its plan to continue hunting whales for scientific research despite receiving an order to cease by the International Court of Justice. “We continue to view lethal scientific research as unnecessary in modern whale conservation and ...

Whaling town preserves tradition

Jul 1, 2014

Whaling town preserves tradition


The whaling season opened with a public carve-up and barbecue in the coastal town of Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture, where workers last Thursday sliced a whale before a crowd of elementary school students and residents. Onlookers later received pieces of fried whale meat. The annual ...

Jun 14, 2014

Whaling catch sinks to new low

Japan’s first “research whaling” trip since an international court banned such activities in the Antarctic earlier this year produced its lowest catch in northeastern waters since 2003, a whaling association said. The whalers caught 30 minke whales off Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, between April 26 ...

May 2, 2014

Rethinking Japan's whaling


Although many Japanese seem indifferent to the question of whether they can get whale meat, pro and con reactions in and out of Japan will affect those who still live by whale hunting on a local scale.