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New whaling ship leaves port as the whaling season begins in Japan

New whaling ship leaves port as the whaling season begins in Japan

whale and Japanese whaling ship

The whaling season in Japan is now underway following the launch of the industry’s new whaling ship, the Kangei Maru, which departed from the port of Shimonoseki. The new ‘mother’ ship is 112m long, weighs just under ten tons and replaces the aging ‘Nisshin Maru’. The industrial whaling ship will operate at sea with the…

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WDC in Japan – Part 5: The meaning of whaling

Japanese whaling ship

Whaling has a centuries-old history in Japan and has deep roots in the country’s identity. But today, whale meat products are a rare find. After returning from Taiji, the next leg of my journey sought to answer an important question: is whaling an indispensable part of Japanese culture or is it just a cruel vestige upheld by a minority?

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WDC in Japan – Part 4: A journey to Taiji’s killing cove

Taiji's cove with boats rounding up dolphins to be slaughtered or sold to aquraiums

Every year in Taiji, Japan, 500 to 600 dolphins of various species are killed, or captured and sold to zoos and aquariums worldwide. I had to visit the home of the notorious ‘cove’ to understand why and how this is still happening, and what needs to be done to end it forever. But I wasn’t prepared for what I witnessed.

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