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Japan delays whaling to avoid US President’s visit to Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the Japanese government ‘has decided to postpone the departure date for its whaling fleet, initially set for Tuesday, to Saturday or even later in the hope of avoiding tension with the international community ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan on Wednesday.’ The Japanese government appears to be…

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Are Japanese whalers hunting whales from Australia?

Andrew Darby, author and friend of the whales, reports that ‘Australian scientists have tracked a minke whale from the Great Barrier Reef deep into the subantarctic for the first time’. There has been concern for some time that Japan has been hunting endangered minke whales in the North Pacific, but now it appears that minke…

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A second guest blog by Dr. Sidney Holt on the ICJ hearings

More about Scientific Whaling – 10 July 2013 The hearings today (10th July) at The Hague International Court of Justice, in the whaling case, in which Australia is challenging Japan, were fascinating but perhaps obscure to some viewers of the UN Web-stream. They were mostly about how Japan had calculated the catch ‘needs’ for scientific whale…

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A guest blog on the issues at the ICJ by Dr Sidney Holt

Thoughts on the case about ‘scientific whaling’ brought to the International Court of Justice by the Government of Australia against the Government of Japan by Sidney Holt By the end of the first week of hearings on this case in The Hague that began at the end of June, several excellent commentaries had been posted on…

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It’s 1999 all over again

Japan’s arguments in the ICJ today reminded me of the 1999 ruling by the International Tribunal For the Law of the Sea with respect to Japan’s proposal to start ‘scientific tuna fishing’ for endangered Southern Bluefin tuna. Recently,  Scientific American discussed the fact that Japan is not regulating some of its own fisheries on scientific…

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