Tag - whaling



May 28, 2015
Record-low 19 minke whales hunted off Tohoku coast
A nonprofit organization engaging in coastal whaling said it hunted 19 minke whales off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture this year, the lowest number since the whaling for research purposes started there in 2003.
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 29, 2015
Groups decry record number of whale entanglements off U.S. West Coast
Conservationists on Tuesday called for new safeguards for gray whales and humpbacks after a record number of the federally protected mammals got entangled in fishing gear in coastal waters off California, Oregon and Washington.
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.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2015
Japanese activists fight against the tide to save whales and dolphins
Homegrown foes of dolphin hunts and 'research whaling' face off against a daunting array of powerful interests.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2015
American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image
An American researcher studying the centuries-old whaling culture of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, is using the Internet to give people overseas a more nuanced picture of the coastal town, which gained international notoriety through a documentary about its dolphin hunting practices.
Japan Times
Jan 10, 2015
Modern technology aids whale research
In my last column of 2014, "Twelve ways to spend 2015 with nature," I mentioned the possibility of taking a whale-watching trip to the Ogasawara Islands. Ignore the international media hype about the country's pelagic whaling industry — it's a dying custom; instead, focus on the fact that Japan has a wonderful array of whale-watching opportunities up its sleeves. Commercial tourism ventures offer trips to locations scattered along more than 3,000 km of the Japanese archipelago, from Shiretoko Peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido to Zamami Island, Okinawa, in the deep south.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2014
Opposing Japan's whaling program is "eco-imperialism," official says
Opposition to Japan's whaling program is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science — much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan's top whaling official said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2014
Blood & Guts
"Blood & Guts" by Australian journalist Sam Vincent is a behind-the-scenes investigation into whaling and a tale of two countries. Australia is on one side, united in its love of whales and its condemnation of Japan, which has refused to stop killing whales in the Antarctic despite (or perhaps in spite of) global and legal condemnation. Add in the "divine actions" of animal rights activists and it makes for a great story. If only the story were that straightforward.
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2014
Japan to hunt Antarctic whales, but cut catch target by two-thirds
The government said Tuesday it will reduce the number of whales to be taken in the Antarctic Ocean to one-third of the previous target as the country resumes research whaling in the region in defiance of an order by the International Court of Justice.
Japan Times
Oct 14, 2014
Researcher aims to bust myth of Japan's 'whale-eating' culture
It is a cliche and it is far from reality: Japanese diners chomping on whale meat over sake.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2014
Kaikoura and Taiji: a tale of two whaling towns
The success of a New Zealand whale-watching eco-tourist destination could hold lessons for the ailing Wakayama port tarred by association with the 'Cove' dolphin hunt.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 19, 2014
Japan snubs IWC's ruling and 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."
Sep 18, 2014
Japan tells IWC it will resume whaling despite international court's halt order
Japan told an International Whaling Commission meeting Wednesday that it will resume its so-called research whaling in the Antarctic next fiscal year, while vowing to improve the transparency of the activities over which it lost an international court case earlier this year.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2014
Japan begins research whaling hunt off eastern Hokkaido
Four small ships in Hokkaido left the port city of Kushiro on Sunday to hunt minke whales along the Pacific coast for what was described as research purposes.
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.
Aug 28, 2014
Japan to declare continuation of 'research whaling' at September IWC meet
Japan plans to declare its intention to continue "research whaling" during a general meeting of the International Whaling Commission to be held in Slovenia in mid-September, government sources said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Aug 22, 2014
Russia seizes Japan research whaling ship in Sea of Okhotsk
Russia seizes a Japanese research whaling ship in the Sea of Okhotsk, claiming it intruded into Russian territorial waters after an unauthorized course change.
Aug 18, 2014
A rational conversation on whaling
On both sides of the Japanese whaling debate, there is a pressing need for critical reflection on the logic used and the realities presumed.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2014
Figuring out the science behind research whaling
Japan has a unique concept of science that doesn't seem to be accepted in the Western world. Both the esteemed academic journal Nature and the International Court of Justice have essentially handed down rulings over the past year that question the standards of research in Japan.


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