Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is vying for a third three-year term as ruling party leader, extending his stay in power to work on his long-cherished ambition — to revise the country’s constitution
Russia and Japan are involved in a dispute over Kuril islands, captured by the Soviet Union at World War II’s end.
Delegation at the International Whaling Commission argues stocks have recovered enough to allow ‘sustainable’ hunting
Japan has launched a controversial bid to end the ban on commercial whaling, claiming that populations of certain types of whale have recovered sufficiently to allow the resumption of “sustainable” hunting.
Representatives of Japan’s 70-strong delegation at this week’s International Whaling Commission [IWC] meeting in Florianópolis, Brazil, argued that the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling was intended to be a temporary measure, and accused the IWC of abandoning its original purpose – managing the sustainable use of global whale stocks.
Japan is proposing an end to a decades-old ban on commercial whaling, arguing there is no longer a scientific reason for what was supposed to be a temporary measure