Japan wants to escape from the frustrations of the existing Moratorium on whaling, allegedly from the International whaling Commission (IWC).

such A decision would give the government until the end of the year, reported the Japanese news Agency Kyodo on Thursday, citing not called circles. A spokesman for the fisheries Ministry said at the request of the German press-Agency, there is still nothing had been decided. Japan had been threatened previously, and, if necessary, from the IWC to withdraw.

“We will seriously consider any Option” that had Hideki Moronuki, of the official in charge declared in the Ministry of Fisheries, until the end of September. His government had a short time previously at the IWC meeting in the Brazilian city of Florianópolis, a request for the resumption of commercial whaling. The IWC rejected the request, however.

From the perspective of Tokyo fundamental differences “” among the member countries of the IWC in a cul-de-SAC. The panel must be reformed, but Japan had failed, so far, so Moronuki. Japan is not my intention to discuss endlessly about a Reform, if in the end nothing come out.

According to Kyodo, Tokyo is now planning, next year, from the Commission to withdraw the commercial hunting of marine mammals. Supposedly they wanted to waters, however, only in the own coast, as well as in Japan’s economic zone, to go on whaling. A hunt in the Antarctic was, however, even after withdrawal from the IWC is unlikely, the unconfirmed report.

Japan argued for some time that the stocks of individual species of whales such as the minke whales have recovered significantly. A “sustainable” whaling is therefore, after 32 years of fishing moratorium. This is to ensure the original mission of the whaling Commission: The conservation of Whales and the sustainable use of the Walressourcen, argued Moronuki.

Despite the 1986 whaling moratorium, Japan killed each year, numerous animals, officially for “scientific purposes”. This is formally allowed. Critics accuse Japan, however, has long been to use research as a cover for commercial whaling by the back door. Tokyo argues always that it would be hunted, not endangered species.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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