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Tourists leave Ittoqqortoormiit, Denmark, after visiting the village on Aug. 20.
ENVIRONMENT / Wildlife
Oct 4, 2023
Inuit hunters blame cruise ships as narwhal disappear
While some view Arctic tourism as a means to reinvigorate the community, others worry it could destroy the last surviving Inuit hunting societies.
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WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 9, 2023
Whales help store carbon. Scientists are trying to figure out just how much.
The giant creatures have a role to play in the fight against warming, and that all comes down to how they can help keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in both direct and indirect ways.
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JAPAN
Apr 3, 2021
Commercial whaling season begins in Japan's coastal waters
A total of five boats are expected to catch 120 minke whales in waters off the Sanriku Coast and Hokkaido by late October, according to the Fisheries Agency.
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JAPAN
Sep 1, 2020
Dolphin 'drive hunting' season begins in Wakayama whaling town
The controversial hunting technique, in which fishermen herd dolphins and small whales into a cove where they can be killed or captured, was depicted in the 2009 documentary film 'The Cove.'
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JAPAN
Apr 21, 2020
Japan back in whaling business, but quotas and cost make meat a hard sell
Following its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan resumed commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years in July 2019. Whale meat supply, however, has fallen by more than 30 percent from levels prior to the withdrawal.
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COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 23, 2019
Japan's unviable whaling nationalism
The cultural nationalist project to re-imagine whaling as a national culinary culture will likely fail since it appears unlikely that whaling can become a viable commercial enterprise.
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JAPAN
Nov 20, 2019
Japan considers bill to continue public aid for commercial whaling
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday approved a plan to introduce a bill to continue providing public aid for commercial whaling, which resumed July 1 after a 31-year hiatus.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 4, 2019
Tokyo court rules against 2016 deportation order for 'Cove' dolphin activist Ric O'Barry
The Tokyo District Court ruled Thursday against a government deportation order issued to a U.S. activist opposing dolphin hunts when he tried to enter Japan three years ago.
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COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 9, 2019
Boris Johnson's dismay over whaling
Britain's prime minister shouldn't allow the U.K.-Japan relationship to be unduly defined by a still important but strategically irrelevant issue like whaling.
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JAPAN
Sep 2, 2019
Japan nears catch quota for minke whales as hunt resumes off Hokkaido
Japanese whaling ships on Monday resumed hunting minke whales in coastal areas off Hokkaido, and are likely to reach their catch quota later this month.
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JAPAN
Sep 1, 2019
Fleet of boats return empty on first day of Taiji's dolphin hunting season
The hunting season for dolphins using a controversial "drive-hunting" method began Sunday in the whaling town of Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture, this time without the usual protests from animal-rights groups.
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JAPAN
Aug 27, 2019
Japan's Fisheries Agency to seek ¥5.1 billion for commercial whaling
The Fisheries Agency plans to seek ¥5.1 billion for commercial whaling from the government in fiscal 2020, according to a draft of its budget request submitted to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday.
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JAPAN / Politics
Aug 27, 2019
Boris Johnson assures Abe of smooth Brexit at G7, seeking to calm Japan firms' concerns
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got assurances Monday from his British counterpart Boris Johnson that he will aim for a smooth Brexit.
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BUSINESS
Aug 1, 2019
First Bryde's whale auction held since Japan's resumption of commercial whaling
A Bryde's whale auction was held on Thursday in Sendai — the first since Japan ended its 31-year commercial whaling hiatus a month ago — with cuts of the single animal on offer sold for up to ¥20,000 ($183) per kilogram.
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JAPAN / Media / BIG IN JAPAN
Jul 27, 2019
Tracing the fluctuations in moral standards
"More than 16,500 women and men were sterilized against their will," reads a newsletter published in 1997 by the Network on Ethics and Intellectual Disability.
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JAPAN
Jul 11, 2019
In Japan, the business of watching whales is far larger than the business of hunting them
People packed the decks of the whale-watching boat, screaming in joy as a pod of orcas put on a show: splashing tails at each other, rolling over and leaping out of the water.
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JAPAN
Jul 4, 2019
First whale meat auction held since restart of Japan's commercial hunt
Whale meat auctions were held Thursday in different areas of Japan, the first since the country ended its 31-year commercial whaling hiatus earlier this week, with some cuts selling for over ¥10,000 per kilogram.
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JAPAN
Jul 2, 2019
Australia 'disappointed' by Japan's return to commercial whaling
The Australian government voiced its concern Tuesday at Japan's return to commercial whaling following its departure from the International Whaling Commission at the end of June.
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JAPAN
Jul 1, 2019
Japan resumes commercial whaling after three decades; at least two taken on first day
Japanese whaling fleets set sail Monday to hunt whales commercially for the first time in 31 years, a day after Tokyo formally left the International Whaling Commission.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Jun 30, 2019
Japan's return to commercial whaling brings criticism from conservationists and praise from industry players
Following its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission, Japan will resume commercial whaling within the country's exclusive economic zone.

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