Whaling ban will be abided by – Japan

Hunting whales is deeply entrenched in Japanese culture. Despite a ban on whaling in 1987, Japan managed to find a loophole and continue hunting the large mammals under the guise of ‘scientific research’. But despite fears that Japan would not abide by the recent International court ruling, the hunting has ceased, for 2014. Time will tell if another loophole is found, history certainly points that way. After this landmark decision the world will be watching Japan’s next step, Sea shepherd conservation society will also most certainly be keeping a watchful eye. JB

Japan whaling ban(Source : Sapa-dpa) Japan will not conduct whaling operations in the Antarctic Ocean this year in the wake of a UN court ruling, the government said Wednesday. Japan decided not to send a whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean later this year after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague said Monday that Japan must end its “research whaling” programme. Australia had brought the case to the ICJ in 2010, alleging that Japan was breaching international law by killing hundreds of whales every year for commercial purposes. “It is extremely regrettable and disappointing but we will abide by the ruling,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday in a meeting with Koji Tsuruoka, who represented the government in the case, the Kyodo News agency reported. Japan officially halted commercial whaling in 1987 in response to the previous year’s moratorium, but it has used a loophole to continue whaling under the premise of scientific research, despite international opposition.

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