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2008-09-17 03:00:14

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 17 Kyodo - Interpol has put three environmental activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on an international wanted list on suspicion of interfering with Japan's whaling activities in the Antarctic Ocean in February last year, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday. Tokyo police obtained arrest warrants last month for the two Americans and one Briton. Originally published by Kyodo News...

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2008-06-13 12:20:00

For hundreds of years, whaling was a way of life for many of those living in the small coastal community of Taiji.Tameo Ryono was proud to be catching whales when he first embarked from the Japanese village of Taiji more than 50 years ago."Whalers were stars here in Taiji. I got what I had dreamed of since I was a little boy," said Ryono. "I'm proud of being able to do whaling throughout my life."But, at the age of 71, Ryono believes he will be the last member of his family to know whaling as...

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2008-03-06 13:37:50

Japan is threatening to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unless it becomes a more effective forum. The Commission is currently trying to resolve fractured negotiations to find common ground between pro and anti-whaling nations. An upcoming meeting in London will include experts who have steered similar parties through difficult negotiations.  Some anti-whaling countries are open to compromise with Japan, a pro-whaling country, but others remain rigidly opposed to any...

2007-12-27 09:28:51

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The widow of TV "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin announced Thursday she will launch non-lethal research of whales in Antarctic waters next year in hopes of showing that Japan's scientific whale kill is a sham. Tokyo has staunchly defended its annual cull of more than 1,000 whales as crucial for research, saying it is necessary to kill the whales to properly gather information about their eating, breeding and migratory habits. Environmentalists and anti-whaling nations...

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2007-10-11 10:13:14

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Greenpeace announced a satellite-based tracking system to monitor endangered South Pacific humpback whales Wednesday, saying it is not necessary to kill the animals as Japan does to study them. The conservation group used the announcement of its humpback monitoring project to lambast Japan's scientific whaling program that has killed thousands of whales as part of what it calls necessary research. Humpback whales from Rarotonga and New Caledonia have been...

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2007-02-15 18:00:40

By RAY LILLEY WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A Japanese whaling ship crippled by fire drifted off the world's largest penguin breeding grounds Friday, and New Zealand alerted other countries it may need help if the vessel leaked oil into the pristine Antarctic waters. One crewmember was missing from the 8,000-ton Nisshin Maru, which had started to list from water pumped aboard to fight the fire. The fire was contained below decks but continued to burn, said New Zealand Conservation Minister...

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2007-02-10 00:55:00

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Two activists attacked a Japanese whaling ship with a bottle of acid and a smoke bomb Friday, slightly injuring two crew members after the vessel helped rescue the protesters from the icy Ross Sea off Antarctica, officials said. The activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society protest ship Farley Mowat disappeared during a confrontation with the Nisshin Maru but were found after about seven hours, with members of the Japanese whaling expedition assisting....

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2006-06-21 16:24:32

FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts -- Japan and its allies edged closer toward their goal of resuming commercial whale hunts as the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting drew to a close Tuesday with accusations of vote-buying from opponents. The pro-whaling nations narrowly passed a symbolic resolution during the gathering to support ending a 20-year-old ban on commercial whaling and seemed poised to expand their influence at next year's meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. "This was a historical...

2006-06-20 18:50:15

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it would not be cutting any deals with Japan over Alaska's bowhead whale hunting quota as it prepares to host an international whaling group next year. U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service Director Bill Hogarth said Japan had threatened a "blow-up" over the aboriginal quota for Eskimos if Washington did not give some ground on Japan's demand that a 1986 moratorium against commercial...

2006-06-19 08:40:35

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (Reuters) - The Norwegian and Icelandic prime ministers welcomed on Monday a recommendation by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to relax a ban on commercial whaling. Japan, Norway and Iceland are the world's main whaling nations. They say stocks have recovered since a 1986 ban. "This is positive and goes in our favor," Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde told a news conference on the Arctic island of Svalbard after an annual Nordic prime ministers'...


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