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 set ...

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 management," ...

Whaling town preserves tradition

/ Jul 1, 2014

Whaling town preserves tradition

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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 event ...

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 and ...

Rakuten bans whale meat

/ Apr 3, 2014

Rakuten bans whale meat

Rakuten notifies sellers it will halt all sales of whale and dolphin meat at the end of the month, after a scathing report by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency.

| Apr 1, 2014

Ruling puts whaling in doubt

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi says he will look for ways to continue whaling despite an order by the world court to discontinue the hunt.

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

Apr 1, 2014

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

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The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but consumers who have lost their appetite for the delicacy. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled over ...