Whale hunt to be resumed this year, official says

Jun 23, 2015

Whale hunt to be resumed this year, official says

Japan’s chief whaling negotiator says the hunt in the Antarctic will be resumed this year despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose. Joji Morishita said Monday the debate about whether Japan should be hunting whales ...

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

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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

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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 ...