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

by Minami Funakoshi

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

by Chikako Nakayama

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.

Apr 8, 2014

Japan caught 251 whales in Antarctic Ocean in fiscal 2013

Japan caught 251 southern minke whales as part of its research whaling program in the Antarctic Ocean in fiscal 2013, which ended March 31, the Fisheries Agency said Tuesday. The number was larger than the 103 whales caught in the previous year, but far ...