Joint Statement - "Please Terminate Research Whaling"

December 7, 2012
Joint Statement
Please Terminate Research Whaling

Prime Minister Kunihiko Noda
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Akira Gunji

Despite the recent criticism on the inappropriate use of the additional recovery fund from the third supplementary budget, research whaling, the operation we have long been questioning, managed to avert attention, and the whaling fleet is said to soon depart for the Antarctic Ocean for this term's quota. We request the end to research whaling and inappropriate measures being taken to impel research whaling. Below is our five demands and reasons:

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We Request for an Urgent Review and the Return of Disaster Recovery Fund Used on Research Whaling

We Request for an Urgent Review and the Return of Disaster Recovery Fund Used on Research Whaling

Iruka & Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network
Greenpeace Japan

October 5, 2012

Shigematsu Hiroyuki
President of Board of Audit of Japan

CC: The Disaster Recovery Ministry, the House of Representatives Committee on Audit and Oversight of Administration, and the Fisheries Agency

The earthquake and tsunami last March destroyed many local communities and have left a deep scar on the region. Despite various support extended from inside and outside Japan to rebuild the affected areas, their recovery is still far from completion. During such a difficult time, we learned and pointed out that 2.28 billion yen of the recovery fund, money supposed to be allocated to the recovery of disaster-hit areas, was going into research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean - far from North East Japan. We sent a protest letter to the Fisheries Agency requesting the recovery money be spent on support for the effected areas, but we still have not heard from the agency about the details of how 2.28 billion yen of our taxpayers’ money is spent.

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Open Letter on Continuation of Research Whaling by Applying “Profitable Fisheries.”

An open letter from IKAN regarding the support for research whaling using the 'the profitable fisheries' scheme.


Open Letter on Continuation of Research Whaling by Applying “Profitable Fisheries.”

August 20th, 2012
Mr. Masanori Sato
Director of the Fisheries Agency of Japan

Dear Mr. Sato,

According to the July 20th issue of Minato Newspaper, the Fisheries Agency “revealed a policy that would apply the Fisheries Structural Reform and Comprehensive Measures Project (the Profitable Fisheries Support Project)* to help stabilize the implementation of the research whaling program” at the meeting on July 19th held by the association of Liberal Democratic Diet members who support whaling. Also mentioned in the media was that the research whaling practicing body (Institute of Cetacean Research) said it would start working on the logistics, including renovating research vessels for energy-saving and cost-saving measures.

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A Request an End to Research Whaling and the Inappropriate Use of Tax Money

Letter of Request

September 26, 2012

A Request an End to Research Whaling and the Inappropriate Use of Tax Money

Iruka &Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network
Greenpeace Japan
 
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Akira Gunji
Director General of Fisheries Agency Kazuyoshi Honkawa

The earthquake and tsunami last March destroyed many local communities and have left a deep scar on the region. Despite various support extended from inside and outside Japan to rebuild the affected areas, their recovery is still far from completion. During such a difficult time, we learned and pointed out that 2.3 billion yen of the recovery fund, money supposed to be allocated to the recovery of disaster-hit areas, was going into research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean - far from North East Japan. We sent a protest letter requesting the money be spent appropriately. Unfortunately, the government of Japan is still conducting research whaling with 2.3 billion yen of our taxpayers’ money, with the definite use yet to be clarified.

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23.7 gram!?

23.7e
People know that Japan is a country that eats whale meat, but Japanese people may not have much of an appetite for it after all.
The amount an average Japanese person eats in one year is a mere 23.7g – that is virtually the same weight
as half a chocolate bar or a slice of ham.
Hard to believe?

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