Japan’s whaling fleet facing cutbacks
Andrew Darby, 14/11/09
Japan’s new cost-cutting government has raised hopes of an end to its ”research” whaling by flagging plans to scrap interest-free loans that the industry relies on. A government razor gang has targeted the Japanese Overseas Fisheries Co-operation Fund, which supports the whaling fleet’s manager, according to Greenpeace. The conservation organisation said that if the OFCF’s loans dried up, the manager, the Institute of Cetacean Research, would be in financial trouble. The sale of whale meat by the institute falls short of whaling’s costs. The Government led by Yukio Hatoyama came to power in September promising to tackle bureaucratic waste, and any move against the OFCF would come at a critical point in the long-running whaling dispute.