Japan Will Never Stop Whaling, Says Minister

PhysOrg2013-02-26: “I don’t think there will be any kind of an end for whaling by Japan,” Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told AFP in an exclusive interview. Hayashi, who took the ministerial post overseeing the country’s whaling programmes in December, said the criticism of the practice is “a cultural attack, a kind of prejudice against Japanese culture“. There is “a long historical tradition about whaling”, he told AFP in his large central Tokyo office, over which portraits of Japan’s revered Emperor and Empress gazed down. “Japan is an island nation surrounded by the sea, so taking some good… more ยป

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A young Japanese woman holding a child looks at the whale balloon of a pro-whaling group in Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan, Sunday, May 20, 2002. The plenary session of the 54th annual International Whaling Commission starts Monday in the Japan's once-thriving whaling capital. Japan is pushing hard for the IWC to overturn a ban on commercial whale hunts.

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