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During the first week of November each year Japanese whaling vessels leave the ports of Hiroshima and Yamaguchi in western Japan bound for the Antarctic to catch another haul of Minke whales. Then later into the North Pacific for even more destruction of the Minke populations.

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His Imperial Highness
The Emperor of Japan
Imperial Household Agency
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100, Japan
"Your Imperial Highness,"

Prime Minister Mr Yoshihiko Noda
Prime Minister's Office
6-1 Nagata-cho, 1-Chome
Tokyo 100-8914, Japan
tel: +81-3-5253-2111
"Dear Prime Minister,"

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Mr. Masahiko Yamada
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki
Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
tel: +81-3-3502-8111
fax: +81 3 3502-8220

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Mr. Isao Nakasu
The Director General of Fishery Agency
fax: +8 13 3502-8220

Mr. Yuji Tsushima
The Minister of Health and Welfare
fax: +81 3 3595-2020

Health and Food Department of the Ministry of Health and Welfare
fax: +81 3 3503-7965
e-mail: www-admin@mhw.go.jp

His Excellency Mr Hiroki Fuji
Ambassador E&P
Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly,
London. W1V 9FN
tel: +44 (0)171 465 6500
email: info@embjapan.org.uk

Where are they going?

Into the "Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary" a place designated by International Law for the protection of all whale species. The Antarctic and its inhabitants are also protected by the "Antarctic Treaty" of 1959 to which Japan is also a signatory!

During yearly meetings of the world's whaling organisation, to which Japan is a member, resolutions on the rules of whaling are made and each year:

  • Strong resolutions are passed to make it more difficult to justify "scientific" whaling and to discourage "scientific" whaling in sanctuaries.
  • Attempts by Japan to use pollution research as a justification for catching whales in the Southern Ocean is defeated.
  • A request by Japan for an "intrim" coastal quota of 50 Minke whales in the North Pacific is defeated.
  • Japan's attempt to have the legality of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary questioned is defeated.

In past years, and again in 1998, resolutions were made:

  • Strongly requesting Japan to halt its scientific whaling in the Souther Ocean Sanctuary.(In the last Antarctic season, Japan killed 440 minke whales in the Sanctuary.)
  • Japan's request, made for the 10th year, for an "interim quota" of 50 minke whales despite the moratorium was defeated by a strong vote as in previous years.

The Japanese Government has ignored the law and bowed down to big business and to the "all-mighty yen" by issuing permits for the slaughter of Minke whales in the Antarctic. Without these permits their whaling fleet would be dry-docked and the killing stopped. So, how can Japan issue permits while the rest of the world abstains?

Through an old rule implimented many years ago, and designed to get whalers to care a little about the well being of the heards of whales instead of the profits they made, Japan is bye-passing the "Moratorium on Commercial whaling" by calling their hunting "Scientific". Their scientific whaling killed 440 whales last season while Norway's declared "Commercial whaling", which is banned, killed about the same amount. So how's Japans whaling scientific?

Further investigation reveals that Norwegian whalers sell their whale meat to markets within their own borders, for their own consumption, and call it "commercial". Japanese whalers sell their whale meat to markets within their own borders, for their own consumption, and call it "scientific". So what's the difference?

Japan says it needs to know what the Minke whales are eating. So they have to kill the animals to look inside their stomachs. Since the whale is now dead and guided by a rule (one that they want to follow) they bring the whale meat back to Japan and sell it so that it is not wasted. If Japan didn't kill the whales to start with they wouldn't have to dispose of them. Truth is we all know what whales eat! You only need read a book!

Another interesting observation worth mentioning is why the whale meat needs to be sold.

Japan sells the meat to help fund the research!

I'm pretty sure researchers all over the world would like to get funding for their research from the "field", rather than grovel to their sponsors, except for one thing. Responsible, intelligent people don't kill the animals they are trying to save. What would happen if researchers killed the Rhinoceros to sell the horn to fund the research? There would be no rhino's left to research! What about Panda's?

So Japan, what came first the chicken or the egg, the research or the market? It seems pretty simple to me . . .

  • Don't do the research,
  • Don't go to the Antarctic,
  • Don't spend money,
  • Don't need funding,
  • Don't kill Minke whales.

There is a thing called "benign research" it doesn't kill whales and it is expensive but it doesn't put whale meat on the table. Does it?

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