Japan should remain in IWC, cease whaling

Japan should remain in IWC, cease whaling

Japan should remain in IWC, cease whaling

Now, there are concerns that Japan's tradition of eating whale meat could disappear completely, and there have been more calls for early resumption of commercial whaling from the retail industry as well as regional communities engaging in small-scale coastal whaling.

In September, Japan tabled a motion at the IWC to resume sustainable commercial whaling of species which are not endangered, but was voted down 41-27 other members.

"Whale meat is tasty, but I wonder if we need to increase the volume of catches even at the cost of being isolated internationally", he said.

Apart from Japan, countries such as Iceland continue to hunt whales for their markets and for such commercial requirement over 1000 whales a year are being killed.

"Like other inter-governmental organisations, there is a withdrawal process and all member governments have the right to withdraw", Wells wrote, adding that Japan will have to give notice by January 1 if it wants to leave in 2019.

In a nutshell, Japan has given up whaling in the Antarctic Ocean and instead chosen to resume commercial whaling in its waters - a long-cherished goal.

"The hardline stance is nearly like that of the administration of U.S. President (Donald) Trump", said a 41-year-old customer at a whale meat steak restaurant in Tokyo, referring to Japan's decision to pull out of the IWC. This made it even more hard for Japan to continue catching whales during the 2019 fiscal year and beyond.


"Under the rules of the International Whaling Commission, of which Japan is a member, there has been an international ban on commercial whaling since 1986 - though there is an exception for whaling conducted with ecological research in mind".

Many media are reporting that Japan is set to withdraw from the IWC shortly.

"The IWC has become the driving force for global whale conservation efforts in the 21st century". Greenpeace urges the government of Japan to reconsider its decision.

Japan made a decision to pull out of the IWC via the initiative of politicians, rather than ministry bureaucrats. That system has always been under challenge by the handful of states that practise whaling.

One path to conducting commercial whaling in the Antarctic Ocean would be to establish a new worldwide body similar to the IWC and get member nations of the Antarctic Treaty to unanimously adopt such a proposal. If bilateral relations are chilled, it could adversely affect the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy economic sphere that Japan, the United States and Australia are promoting.

“In the past countries like the Netherlands have left the IWC and later returned.

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