Joint Statement NGOs call on Japanese Government to: Comply with CITES and Stop Distributing Sei Whale Meat

April 11, 2018

Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzo Abe

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Taro Kono

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
Ken Saito

Minister of Environment of Japan
Masaharu Nakagawa

 
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At the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in October 2017, the Japanese government was questioned about the legality of bringing specimens of sei whale from the sea (“introduction from the sea” defined by CITES).

Most of the member countries at the committee denounced Japan, saying that bringing sei whale meat into the country is a violation of the treaty, and that this warrants a measure such as suspension of trade. None of the members supported Japan’s claims that it does not constitute a violation of the treaty.

The final decision will be taken at the Standing Committee meeting in October 2018. By the next Committee, in order to verify whether any violation of the treaty has occurred, the Secretariat will ask additional questions of Japan regarding those Japan previously failed to answer. Upon receiving the answers, the Secretariat will dispatch an investigation team to Japan.

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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.

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 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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