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Whaling conference begins in Brazil

  • September 11, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei
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Asahi and Mainichi reported on the opening of a five-day International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference in Florianópolis, Brazil, on Monday, saying that Japan’s proposal to lift the moratorium on commercial whaling and alter decision-making rules is expected to provoke heated debate. Japan’s senior vice agricultural minister reportedly told the participants at the outset that an across-the-board objection to whaling runs counter to the spirit of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling since a sufficient whale population has been “scientifically verified.” Asahi wrote that according to the Fisheries Agency, 41 member states, including Japan, are supportive of the sustainable use of whales, whereas the remaining 48 are against it.  


In a related development, Sankei took up press remarks yesterday by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, who commented on the start of the IWC confab by saying: “We are hoping that the resumption of commercial whaling will be achieved.”


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