Tag - whaling



Japan Times
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Jul 1, 2014
Whaling town preserves tradition
The whaling season opened with a public carve-up and barbecue in the coastal town of Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture, where workers last Thursday sliced a whale before a crowd of elementary school students and residents. Onlookers later received pieces of fried whale meat.
Jun 14, 2014
Whaling catch sinks to new low
Japan's first "research whaling" trip since an international court banned such activities in the Antarctic earlier this year produced its lowest catch in northeastern waters since 2003, a whaling association said.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2014
ICJ ruling will help Japan resume whaling in name of 'research': official
An embarrassing court ruling that halted Japan's Antarctic whaling will actually help Tokyo take whales in the name of science, a top whaling official said just a day after the prime minister vowed to press for commercial whaling.
May 2, 2014
Rethinking Japan's whaling
Although many Japanese seem indifferent to the question of whether they can get whale meat, pro and con reactions in and out of Japan will affect those who still live by whale hunting on a local scale.
Apr 25, 2014
Japan scores whaling own goal
In the hindsight of the recent International Court of Justice's humiliating ruling against Japan's Antarctic scientific whaling, the government's slapping down of Japan Greenpeace in 2010 was probably a bad idea.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2014
Diet ranks call for whaling to continue and feast to defy ICJ ruling
The Lower House committee on agriculture and fisheries unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday to demand that the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continue to allow the country to hunt whales.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2014
Diet members dine on whale meat in defiance of ICJ ruling
Lawmakers across party lines hold an annual whale-meat cuisine event to celebrate the country's whaling culture in defiance of the International Court of Justice's decision to ban Japan's whale hunt off Antarctica.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2014
Government plans to resume 'research whaling' in 2015
The Institute of Cetacean Research files briefs in Seattle District Court stating its intent to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean as early as fiscal 2015.
Apr 11, 2014
Japan confirms it will abide by international court ruling on whaling
The government confirmed Friday it will abide by the International Court of Justice's recent ruling that ordered it to halt its whaling program in the Antarctic Ocean.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2014
Whaling fleet returns from Antarctic Ocean hunt
Japan's whalers return to port after a four-month voyage to waters around Antarctica for their annual winter cull.
Apr 4, 2014
Opportunity to rethink whaling
The government should take the International Court of Justice's ruling against Japan's Antarctic whaling activities as a cue to work out ways to balance declining consumer demand for whale meat with the desire of some to preserve the nation's whaling tradition.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2014
Japan to accept anti-whaling ruling, says Abe
Japan will accept an international court ruling that its whaling program is not conducted for scientific purposes and that such activity should be stopped, a government official quoted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying Wednesday.
Feb 7, 2014
'Cove' to become 'aquatic nook' as Abe takes aim at improper eigo
Some say that Shinzo Abe's latest proposed tax increases, part of the 'fourth arrow' in his popular 'Abenomics' policy, are going a step too far. Dubbed the 'language tax,' the new levy is aimed at word usage.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2014
Whaling fleet being harassed, Japan says
The Japanese government slams the conservation group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for employing dangerous tactics to obstruct the operations of Japanese whaling vessels in the Antarctic Ocean over the weekend, causing one of them to suffer damage to its stern.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2013
Japan's research whaling fleet leaves for Antarctic
Three ships have left Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, to join the mother vessel Nisshin Maru and hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and 50 fin whales through March.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2013
In science terms, Japan has no need at all to kill whales
Final arguments from the defence and prosecution were heard in mid-July, and the world court is now considering its judgment. At issue is Japan's right to conduct its seasonal "scientific" whaling program in Antarctic waters. But the case has involved arguments about how to define science itself.
Jun 2, 2013
Hacker group Anonymous warns Japan on whaling
In a message posted on YouTube, the hacker group Anonymous orders Tokyo to stop hunting whales and urges Japanese not to 'follow the idiotic belief of your government.'
Apr 13, 2013
Australia welcomes ICJ hearings in case to halt Japanese whaling
Canberra on Friday welcomed the International Court of Justice's decision Thursday to schedule three weeks of public hearings in The Hague from June 26 on Australia's case against Japan's so-called research whaling.
Apr 10, 2013
A Japanese poet's whale elegy
If some Japanese advocates of whale hunting could commune with their ancestors, they'd feel the past dismay at the impious waste of whales' lives.
Japan Times
Feb 24, 2013
Japan's vegetarians stay in the closet
Last week, entertainment-related media in the U.S. reported that the American Broadcasting Corporation had rejected an advertisement the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wanted to air during the Academy Awards ceremony, which takes place early tomorrow morning Tokyo time.


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