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Nations lock horns in Brazil over Japan's call to resume whaling

National / Politics Sep 11, 2018

Nations lock horns in Brazil over Japan's call to resume whaling

Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade old moratorium on commercial whale hunting. Incoming IWC Chairman Joji Morishita said the meeting could determine the future of ...

National May 31, 2018

122 pregnant minke whales killed in Japan's annual whale hunt: report

A highly controversial annual whaling expedition Tokyo defends as scientific research but that conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary" killed 122 pregnant minke whales, a report by Japanese authorities shows. The four-month expedition in the Antarctic ended in March after the fleet killed 333 minke whales ...

National Sep 3, 2015

Japan to conduct 'research whaling' off northern Japan

The government will conduct so-called research whaling off Hokkaido in northern Japan from this Saturday through late October, with plans to take up to 51 minke whales, the Fisheries Agency said Wednesday. The coastal whaling — to be conducted off Kushiro, Hokkaido, on the same ...

Defanged whaling fleet sets sail on Antarctic survey

National 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 will record ...

Japan snubs IWC's ruling, plans to resume whaling program

National / Politics Sep 19, 2014

Japan snubs IWC's ruling, plans to resume whaling program

Japan said Friday it would resume its whaling program in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by the international body that oversees whales, terming the negative vote "regrettable." The International Whaling Commission on Thursday adopted a resolution saying that Japan should ...