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Japan to propose reform of International Whaling Commission

  • September 6, 2018
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi reported on the International Whaling Commission conference to be held in Brazil next week, saying that Japan is expected to formally present a package of proposals for organizational reform, including relaxing the present decision-making mechanism that requires the consent of three-quarters of the member states on key issues. While noting that the GOJ also plans to propose ending the existing moratorium on commercial whaling, the article projected that the Japanese proposals probably will not be accepted by a majority of the members. Sankei published a similar report, adding that Australia and European members have already reacted strongly to the Japanese suggestion. The paper added that a Japanese academic will chair the IWC confab for the first time in 47 years.

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