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IWC rejects Japan’s proposal to resume commercial whaling

  • September 16, 2018
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All Saturday and Sunday morning papers wrote that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted down on Friday by 41 to 27 a Japanese proposal to partially resume commercial whaling. Yomiuri wrote that the results of the vote demonstrated anti-whaling nations’ strong opposition to commercial whaling. Vice Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Taniai, the head of the Japanese delegation to the IWC conference, stated after the vote: “The IWC is not functioning to fulfill its duties. Japan will examine all possible options.” The papers interpreted this remark as indicating that Japan may withdraw from the IWC. Asahi wrote, however, that although some in the GOJ and the ruling LDP argue that Japan should withdraw from the commission, Tokyo would probably be forced to review its research whaling program if it left the IWC because Japan is conducting research whaling within the framework of the IWC. Nikkei wrote that Japan’s whaling program is at a crossroads because although Taniai hinted at the possibility of Japan withdrawing from the IWC, there is strong opposition to the idea within the GOJ out of concern that doing so would have an adverse impact on Japan’s diplomacy.

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