Answers from the Fisheries Agency regarding the open letter from us.

Answer 1
 The idea of sustainable use of marine resources based on scientific evidence is a basic policy of our country. Whales are one of the valuable fishery resources for our country, as we are surrounded by the sea on all sides.
 Based on this basic policy, we resumed the whaling operation.
 As we know, the purpose of the IWC is the conservation of whale resources as well as the development (sustainable use) of an orderly whaling industry. However, for many years the sustainable use has been neglected by the IWC. In addition, the coexistence of countries with different positions on whales and whaling was denied at last year's IWC General Assembly, making it clear that there is no prospect of IWC functioning in line with its objectives. For this reason, we decided to leave the IWC.

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On the resumption of commercial whaling

An open letter to: 
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Takamori Yoshikawa
Fisheries Agency Director-General Shigeto Hase

On the resumption of commercial whaling

June 28, 2009
Iruka & Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network

The Japanese government announced last December that it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission, an operating body of the International Convention of Regulation of Whaling, and instead resume commercial whaling from July this year in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
We, Iruka & Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network, object to Japan’s exit from the commission, it is our belief that international agreements are essential when addressing issues concerning migratory species such as cetaceans. Furthermore, based on the past experience, large mammals with low fertility rate, such as whales, are not suited for commercial use. In anticipating the return of commercial whaling, we would like you to address some our concerns and clarify uncertain issues.

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Stop Issuing “Introduction from the Sea” Certificates; Stop Distributing Sei Whale Meat

November 5th, 2018

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Takamori Yoshikawa

  • The Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recognized by consensus that Japan’s introduction from the sea of sei whales was not in compliance with the Convention that forbids commercial distribution of species listed in the Appendix I, at its 70th meeting held in Sochi, Russia, on October 2nd.
  • At the Standing Committee, the government of Japan, acknowledging the content of the report submitted by the CITES Secretariat, committed to take remedial actions by February 2019, report the measures to be assessed by the next Standing Committee, and not authorize any certificates for introduction from the sea of sei whales.
  • Japan has harvested a total of 1622 sei whales to date from the high seas in the western North Pacific, landing approximately 1400 tons of sei whale meat every year for consumption, which are vacuum packaged and frozen onboard, in addition to specimens used for scientific research. This practice that has been in place since 2002, however, is now agreed it is a violation of the Convention.

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We Oppose Japan’s Withdrawal from the IWC

December 28th, 2018
Iruka & Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network

On December 26th 2018, the government of Japan officially announced that it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an organizational body for executing the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). The government stated it will cease research whaling in high seas and resume commercial whaling in coastal waters and in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) from July 2019.

The government of Japan insists that the reason for the withdrawal is the dysfunction of the IWC and the mass media is reporting this viewpoint. However, Japan has other reasons to discontinue research whaling and these factors all attribute back to the government itself: cost measures for refurbishing the deteriorating whaling factory ships, declining demand for whale meat, and Japan’s violation of the Washington Treaty.

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We Oppose Japan’s “IWC Reform” Proposal

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