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Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:07 PM

Japan Prime Minister's Plan: 'Kill the Whales'

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Source: Common Dreams

Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Common Dreams

Japan President's Plan: 'Kill the Whales'

Shinzo Abe's plan to resume commercial whaling called "rubbish" and "senseless"

- Jon Queally, staff writer

Despite the international ban that took hold in 1986 and years of ensuing controversy over its "scientific" hunting, president of Japan Shinzo Abe has sparked outrage across the world by announcing his intent to restart the nation's commercial whaling industry.

"I want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling by conducting whaling research in order to obtain scientific data indispensable for the management of whale resources," Abe told a parliamentary commission on Monday. "To that end, I will step up efforts further to get understanding from the international community."

Since the international ban, governed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), went into effect nearly three decades ago, Japan has been allowed to hunt select whale species within its territorial waters and conduct what are categorized as "research" whaling hunts in international waters, done mostly in the South Pacific and Southern Ocean.

Abe's comments to revitalize a true return to industrial whaling, however, was met with immediate condemnation by conservationists and governments.







Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/10-0

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Judi Lynn Jun 2014 OP
elehhhhna Jun 2014 #1
LibertyLover Jun 2014 #10
kristopher Jun 2014 #11
LibertyLover Jun 2014 #15
Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #16
LeftyMom Jun 2014 #14
catbyte Jun 2014 #2
theHandpuppet Jun 2014 #3
The Traveler Jun 2014 #4
geomon666 Jun 2014 #5
DeSwiss Jun 2014 #6
Submariner Jun 2014 #7
Duppers Jun 2014 #8
ucrdem Jun 2014 #9
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 #13
flvegan Jun 2014 #12

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:09 PM

1. Baloney. They only harvest - er, collect for research - the breed/s

 

that people like to eat.

Coincidence?

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 12:35 PM

10. I understand that even in Japan

there are comparatively few people who will eat whale meat these days. I recall a few years back that Japan had "collected for scientific research" so much whale meat that they couldn't sell for love or money, so they gave it to schools for lunches. And then the kids wouldn't eat it. This is truly disgusting.

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Response to LibertyLover (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 04:26 PM

11. That's reasonably accurate.

I spent a lot of time there, and I've discussed the issue with, literally, hundreds of Japanese.

It might help understanding to think of this as being similar to the Freedom Fries moment for us. The Japanese actually have a strong case based on the values that were in place when the International Whaling Commission was established and the treaty drafted.

However those values are no longer shared as universally as they once were and unfortunately for those whose values have changed, the beliefs holding whales to be a good source of protein that should be 'harvested' are difficult to debate on the level of science - and that is what the treaty is based on, science related to sustainable harvests. This has left those whose values have evolved arguing things from a weak hand since the 'science' as understood in the original treaty actually does say that it is possible to conduct limited commercial whaling in a sustainable fashion.

The "Freedom Fries" aspect enters in because for decades now, their bats hit crazy ultra right wing has seized on this issue as an example of the West pushing Japan around. They haven't made whaling popular, but they have stiffened support for resisting pressure to abandoning whaling. It has become a twisted form of patriotism where individuals readily acknowledge all that you've said, and even that whaling is obsolete. Yet, the next thing out of their mouth is how they don't like the arrogance of those cow eaters who pretend to argue about science but are actually trying to dictate morality.

The difference between this issue and Freedom Fries is that this has persisted as a RW cause for decades.

Now, one of the most reprehensible right wing leaders since WWII is in office. He got there by having his party obstruct recovery from the tsunami and meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant and blaming it on the party then in power. He is enacting draconian policies across the board - a states secret law that would curl your hair; rewriting/reinterpreting the 'Peace Constitution' to allow Japan to wage war; and over-riding and ignoring 95% opinion supporting the phase out of nuclear power in order to preserve the existing dysfunctional energy production and distribution system to name just a few.

His policies are not popular, yet he manages to hold power by stirring the RW pot with things like whaling.

The International Court ruling was very narrow, but it could have served as a great rallying point for a graceful end to whaling while simultaneously pushing the right wing pretty far back into the pit of public disdain they've occupied since the war. Unfortunately, the opposite has happened and whaling is instead headed towards becoming more entrenched than ever.

The fucking right wing asshats are the same everywhere.

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Response to kristopher (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 09:11 AM

15. Absolutely fascinating!

Thank you for this additional information. It is very interesting and does help put the situation in perspective. I had no idea that Abe had done all that to Japan. You are right - right wing idiots are the same everywhere.

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Response to kristopher (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:23 AM

16. Now he's talking about "agricultural reform"

which in rightwingspeak means "screw the little guys who try to produce wholesome foods".

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Response to LibertyLover (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 09:12 PM

14. They use it for pet food too. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:20 PM

2. OMFG. Despicable.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:32 PM

3. Research my ass.

Does he really think anyone is buying that load anymore??

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:39 PM

4. And we'll be there to resist you, again

 

SSCS is on the case. Not one step back ...

Trav

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:40 PM

5. Abe is an asshole

And outright lied to the UN when he said he would stop whaling.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:53 PM

6. Abe: The worst reactor spewing in Japan.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 02:01 PM

7. Japanese terrorists of the high seas

I hope they armor-shield the Sea Shepherd bow so they can start ramming these whale slaughtering ships and splitting them open or otherwise disabling them. These murderous whalers are belligerent MF'ers that need to be taught a lesson in respect for marine mammals.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 07:27 PM

8. +100

Why are they SO f'ing insensitive?!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 11:22 AM

9. Just a note that title and article have been amended at the link

to change "president" to "prime minister," so the first paragraph now reads:

Despite the international ban that took hold in 1986 and years of ensuing controversy over its "scientific" hunting, prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has sparked outrage across the world by announcing his intent to restart the nation's commercial whaling industry.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/10-0


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Response to ucrdem (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 08:39 PM

13. Thanks for taking the time to point out the change. I will change the title now. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 08:31 PM

12. ...and Sea Shepherd will be there again.

Unless Agenda 21 blesses us with their good graces in the harbor of the whalers first.

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