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 ...

Nation's whaling program up against the wall

Jun 18, 2014

Nation's whaling program up against the wall

Beset from all sides, the whaling industry is standing at a crossroads after losing a case filed by Australia at a United Nations court seeking an end to Japan’s whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. The ruling by the International Court of Justice in late ...

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 16, 2014

Activists sue whaling town claiming discrimination

Animal rights activists said they have filed a lawsuit against whaling town Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, for banning “foreign-looking” visitors from its whale museum. Sarah Lucas, head of Australia for Dolphins, filed the suit Tuesday at the Wakayama District Court, demanding an end to “discrimination ...

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 25, 2014

Japan scores whaling own goal

by Shaun O'dwyer

In the hindsight of the recent International Court of Justice's humiliating ruling against Japan's Antarctic scientific whaling, the government's slapping down of Japan Greenpeace in 2010 was probably a bad idea.