Tag - whaling



May 12, 2016
Japanese whaling fleet sets off for northwestern Pacific
Japan resumed what it calls research whaling in the northwestern Pacific on Thursday as whaling vessels departed a port in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 9, 2016
Minke whale hunt begins off northeastern Japan
Four whaling ships set sail Saturday to hunt up to 51 minke whales in coastal waters as part of the government's scientific research whaling program.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 25, 2016
Taiji told to pay ¥110,000 after woman barred from whale museum
The Australian, of conservation group Australia for Dolphins (AFD), was barred from entering the museum in February 2014.
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2016
Documentary 'Behind "The Cove"' aims to promote multisided understanding of Japanese whaling
A Japanese woman hopes a documentary she has made will help opponents of Japan's hunting of whales and dolphins acquire a better understanding of the practice.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2016
Eating crow on the issue of the clever critters we consume
The controversies surrounding the eating of various animals in our modern world are numerous: the hunting of bluefin tuna to near-extinction; eating shark fin soup (in which only the fin is used and the rest of the shark is often discarded); the consumption of dogs in various Asian countries; the use of endangered animals for Chinese medicine; and even the feedlots behind the huge beef industry in the U.S.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 21, 2016
Experts blast Japan's whaling program as 'unscientific' in journal
A group of experts from around the world have criticized Japan's ongoing Antarctic Ocean whaling program as having no scientific basis in a letter published in British science journal Nature on Thursday.
Jan 12, 2016
U.S., three other nations pen joint statement against Japan's whaling in Antarctic Sea
The United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands reiterated their opposition to Japan's whaling operation in the Antarctic Sea following the government's recent decision to resume the hunt.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 18, 2015
Turnbull says 'disappointment is real' over Japan's whaling move
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will use his first visit to Japan since becoming leader to tell counterpart Shinzo Abe of his "strong, very principled opposition" to Tokyo's plan to resume whaling.
Dec 10, 2015
Anonymous hacker takes credit for shutting down prime minister’s website
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official website may have come under cyberattack by the group Anonymous, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Dec 7, 2015
Japan has little to gain by resuming its whale hunt
The government's decision to defy the International Court of Justice and send the whaling fleet to the Antarctic is sure to inflame anti-Japan sentiment worldwide.
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 29, 2015
Anonymous hacker group targets Iceland sites in whaling protest
Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2015
Resumption of Antarctic whaling flouts rule of law
The rule of law has been Japan's trump card in its ongoing rhubarb with China over competing territorial claims in the East China Sea.
Sep 5, 2015
Japan begins 'research whaling' season off coast of Hokkaido
Japan's so-called research whaling season began Saturday off Kushiro, Hokkaido, to study the impact of minke whales on local fisheries.
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.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 31, 2015
Whale meat arrives in Osaka via new Arctic route to avoid protesters
A ship carrying 1,816 tons of whale meat from Iceland arrived Sunday in the port of Osaka, coming for the first time via the Arctic Ocean to avoid obstruction by anti-whaling groups in the Indian Ocean.
Aug 24, 2015
Japan wraps up 10 weeks of 'research whaling' in Pacific
The fisheries Agency said 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales were caught as planned, during 10 weeks of so-called research whaling in the northwestern Pacific.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2015
A Chinese front opens in the battle over Taiji's dolphin drive hunts
There was much media coverage in April of the decision by the World Association for Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to suspend its Japanese affiliate, JAZA, because of concerns over animal cruelty due to the sourcing of captive dolphins from the infamous drive hunts in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.
Jun 26, 2015
As whale meat consumption falls, efforts afoot to boast its merits
Whale meat as a health supplement or as a potential weapon in the fight against dementia — these are two of the novel ideas conjured up in Japan in a desperate attempt to keep alive the whale meat business with an eye to the future resumption of commercial whaling.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jun 17, 2015
Environmentalist, whaling foe Paul Watson can reapply for passport, Canada says
The Canadian government said on Tuesday it will allow environmentalist Paul Watson to reapply for his passport, three years after the document was confiscated by German authorities.
Jun 10, 2015
Sea Shepherd to pay $2.55 million in damages as Japan's research whaling set to resume
The hard-line anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said it has agreed to pay $2.55 million in damages to Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research over its continued obstruction of whaling vessels despite an injunction.


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