Japan to quit International Whaling Commission and resumes commercial whaling
Source :NewsBharati Date :26-Dec-2018
Tokyo, December 26: Japan has decided to leave the International Whaling Commission today and resume commercial whaling for the first time in more than 30 years. This move of the government has drawn international criticism citing the decision to overlap the 1986 global ban on commercial whaling. “The country’s fleet will resume commercial operations in July next 2019”, said Yoshihide Suga, the government’s chief spokesman.
“Japan would officially inform the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, which will mean the withdrawal comes into effect by 30 June. The country’s fleet would confine its hunts to Japanese territorial waters and exclusive economic zone, adding that its controversial annual expeditions to the Southern Ocean a major source of diplomatic friction between Tokyo and Canberra would end.”, he added further.
“The International Whaling Commission plays a crucial role in international cooperation on whale conservation. Their decision to withdraw is regrettable and Australia urges Japan to return to the Convention and Commission as a matter of priority.”, said the Australian foreign minister Marise Payne, expressing disappointment over Japan’s decision.
Meanwhile the Greenpeace Japan accused Japan of timing the announcement to avoid criticism. “It’s clear that the government is trying to hide in this announcement at the end of year, away from the spotlight of international media, but the world sees this for what it is”, said its executive director, criticising the decision. “The government of Japan must urgently act to conserve marine ecosystems, rather than resume commercial whaling.”, he added further. Japan will join Iceland and Norway in openly defying the ban on commercial whale hunting.