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Japan to propose partial resumption of commercial whaling

  • June 27, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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All national papers except Nikkei reported that the Fisheries Agency has decided to put forward a package of proposals on whaling at an upcoming International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting to be held in Brazil in September, explaining that Japan plans to propose lifting the existing moratorium on commercial whaling so that it can hunt humpback whales since their population appears to be recovering. The Japanese proposals will also include a change in the IWC decision-making mechanism so that key decisions can be made with the consent of a simple majority instead of a three-fourths majority, contingent on unanimous approval by panels tasked with deliberating single topics such as sustainable use and sanctuaries. Although Tokyo is hopeful that it will be able to obtain IWC consent for its proposals since the Japanese representative is expected to chair this year’s confab, Asahi expressed doubts about the prospects.

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