Japan to push for commercial whaling resumption
Japan will push for a resumption of commercial whaling, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu said. “To gain the right to resume commercial whaling, what and how much can we give?” he told reporters in Tokyo today before the closed-door talks of an International Whaling Commission in Florida. “We will continue our patient negotiations.” In 1986, the IWC slapped a moratorium on commercial whaling, but Japan uses a loophole that allows lethal “scientific research” for its annual Antarctic hunts, while Norway and Iceland defy the ban entirely. The three nations have since killed more than 30,000 whales.