It's not culture, but the interest of the Fisheries Agency

An interpellation regarding Japanese whaling at the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries by Mr. Taro Yamamoto, a member of House of Councilors.

【VIDEO with English subtitles edited by YAMAMOTO Taro Office】 Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Jun 13 2017.

Japanese NGOs urge political parties: Drop the proposed bill on Research Whaling, and stop wasting taxpayers’ money

JOIINT NGO STATEMENT

Iruka & Kujira Action Network
 Greenpeace Japan
etc

The “Bill On the Implementation of Cetacean Scientific Research for the Resumption of Commercial Whaling” (translation by IKAN) is a non-partisan bill that was first drafted by the opposition Democratic Party, but now aims to be passed by this Diet (Japanese Parliament) during their June session.

The objectives of the bill, as written, are to:

  1. Develop the Japan’s fisheries industry through implementation of commercial whaling, and
  2. Contribute to the sustainable use of marine organism resources.

However, the actual intent of the bill is to:

  1. Secure multi-year funding for research whaling
  2. Build a new whaling “mothership” to continue research whaling
  3. Roll out promotion campaigns for these specific industries using public funds, and
  4. Toughen immigration controls on foreign activists and shun global opinion.

There are two primary problems with the bill.

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Joint Statement We Demand the Government of Japan to Revoke NEWREP-NP!

December 2nd, 2016

Joint Statement

We Demand the Government of Japan to Revoke NEWREP-NP!

TO: Prime Minister Sinzo Abe
TO:Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yuji Yamamoto
TO Director-General of Fisheries Agency Kazuo Sato

On November 8th, the Japanese government submitted the new Scientific Whale Research Program for the western North Pacific (NEWREP-NP) to the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee (IWC-SC). This plan not only undermines the resolution adopted by the IWC but also it is clearly incongruous to the “sustainable use” that Japan has been claiming their practice to be.
We hereby demand the Japanese government immediately revoke the program.

  1. Stop the hunt of 100 minke whales off the coasts of Japan and 47 minke whales of the rare J-stock in Okhotsk seas, and the 27 minke whales to be taken directly by the whaling fleet.
  2. Stop NEWREP-NP’s planned hunt of 140 sei whales.

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NGOs tell Japanese government: Approving more research whaling is a waste of taxpayers’ money and a risk to Japan’s reputation

NGO STATEMENT
June 16, 2017

Tokyo, Japan - The Government of Japan today passed the “Bill On the Implementation of Cetacean Scientific Research for the Resumption of Commercial Whaling” (translation by IKAN), despite opposition by environmental groups from Japan and the itnernational community, and with virtually no debate within the Diet (parliament).

The passage of the bill will:

  1. Secure multi-year funding for research whaling
  2. Build a new whaling “mothership” to continue research whaling
  3. Roll out promotion campaigns for these specific industries using public funds, and
  4. Toughen immigration controls on foreign activists and shun global opinion.

There are two primary problems with the bill.

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Japanese NGO Joint Statement Regarding the International Whaling Commission’s meeting 66

October 18. 2016

Japanese NGO Joint Statement
Regarding the International Whaling Commission’s meeting 66
(Being held in Slovenia, October 20-28)
Statement translated from the original Japanese

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yuji Yamamoto
Director-General of Fisheries Agency Kazuo Sato

We, Iruka & Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network, Greenpeace Japan and a collective of Japanese NGOs, request the Government of Japan to undertake the following:

1. Respect past resolutions adopted by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and do not issue new permits intended to approve research whaling in Antarctica and the Northwest Pacific ocean, including for ‘coastal research whaling.’

2. Revoke the budget for restarting commercial whaling, since industrial whaling companies have already abandoned this as a viable business venture and there is no possibility of private firms newly entering this industry.

3. Reallocate the ¥5.1 billion budget currently allocated to research whaling and instead allocate this funding for research on coastal ecosystems and marine resources, to preserve the health of the sea.

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