Apr 20, 2015

Japan asks France to hand over Sea Shepherd founder

Japan has asked the French government to hand over Paul Watson, founder of the radical anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, government sources said Monday. The Japan Coast Guard put Watson on an international wanted list on charges of obstructing Japan’s “research whaling” program in the ...

American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

Jan 20, 2015

American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

by Kanae Ayukawa

An American researcher studying the centuries-old whaling culture of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, is using the Internet to give people overseas a more nuanced picture of the coastal town, which gained international notoriety through a documentary about its dolphin hunting practices. Jay Alabaster, 39, visited ...

Modern technology aids whale research

| Jan 10, 2015

Modern technology aids whale research

by Mark Brazil

In my last column of 2014, “Twelve ways to spend 2015 with nature,” I mentioned the possibility of taking a whale-watching trip to the Ogasawara Islands. Ignore the international media hype about the country’s pelagic whaling industry — it’s a dying custom; instead, focus ...

Defanged whaling fleet sets sail on Antarctic survey

Jan 8, 2015

Defanged whaling fleet sets sail on Antarctic survey

Two Fisheries Agency ships left for the Antarctic Ocean on Thursday to survey whale stocks in place of an annual cull that the International Court of Justice halted last year. The fleet departed from Shimonoseki port in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Thursday. Through March, scientists ...

Jan 6, 2015

11 Sea Shepherd activists were denied entry to Japan in 2014

Eleven members of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd were denied entry to Japan by the Justice Ministry in 2014, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. In general terms, Japan denies entry to those who “do not qualify for resident status under the immigration ...

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 ...