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Will Japan's decision to quit the IWC pay off?

National | FOCUS Dec 27, 2018

Will Japan's decision to quit the IWC pay off?

In its decision to quit the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling, announced Wednesday, Japan prioritized the protection of the practice as part of the nation's traditional culture over the potential backlash it could face from the global community. Behind the government's decision were ...

National Dec 27, 2018

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd 'delighted' by Japan's IWC withdrawal

A U.S.-based marine wildlife conservation organization declared a "victory" in making the Antarctic Ocean a whaling-free zone after Japan announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial catches in its economic zone in July. "Sea Shepherd's objective of ending the slaughter of ...

Japan to continue push for resumption of commercial whaling

National Sep 28, 2018

Japan to continue push for resumption of commercial whaling

A senior Japanese whaling negotiator said Thursday that Tokyo will continue to push for a resumption of commercial whaling despite the recent defeat of its proposal on the matter by the International Whaling Commission. Fisheries negotiator Hideki Moronuki said the IWC should represent both conservation ...

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

World Sep 13, 2018

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic. The vote confirmed a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) for nutritional and ...