Japan OK to whaling plan a blow for Kevin Rudd

Peter Alford; 26/2/10

The Japanese government has accepted in principle a plan for Antarctic whaling to continue at reduced levels under International Whaling Commission supervision. Japan’s Antarctic whaling operations could be legitimised by the IWC by late June, unless Australia can rally enough support from other members to block the controversial compromise plan. IWC chairman Cristian Maquieira’s proposal is a blow to Australian hopes of halting all southern whaling and, if approved by the commission’s annual meeting, would also upset Kevin Rudd’s threat to take Japan to the International Court of Justice. Japan Fisheries Agency counsellor Joji Morishita described the Maquieira plan as “a provisional ceasefire”, suspending more than 20 years of disputes between Japan and its anti-whaling opponents. “It would signify big progress as (disputing) parties would search for the midway point by conceding ground to each other,” he said.

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/japan-ok-to-whaling-plan-a-blow-for-kevin-rudd/story-e6frg6so-1225834499765;┬áJapan regrets Australia’s push to end whaling; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/japan-regrets-australias-push-to-end-whaling/story-fn3dxity-1225834535177