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2006-06-17 19:00:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis -- Japan fell short again on Saturday in efforts to gain majority support for its campaign to loosen international anti-whaling regulations. Japan, which has obeyed a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling but uses a loophole to hunt minke whales for scientific research, proposed that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) allow Japanese coastal communities to whale near shore. Passage of the measure would have required 75 percent...

2006-06-16 17:20:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis -- Japan suffered a resounding defeat on Friday at the International Whaling Commission, calming fears among conservationists that might finally win enough support in the world body to start attacking a ban on whaling. The commission voted against two proposals by Japan, one for secret ballots that it said would allow Caribbean and Pacific nations to back its pro-whaling stance without fear of reprisal, and another to prevent the IWC from...

2006-06-16 01:35:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis -- Japan is unsure whether it has the votes to start chipping away at a two-decade-old ban on commercial whaling, a Japanese official said on the eve a global whaling group's annual meeting. Anti-whaling nations such as Australia and environmental and animal welfare groups had feared that Tokyo might finally have rustled up sufficient support in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to pass measures that would turn the agency's mission...

2006-06-13 06:55:00

By George Nishiyama TOKYO -- The Japanese public no longer likes eating whale meat and Tokyo's argument that whaling should be maintained to meet consumer demand is a fabrication, a conservationist group said on Tuesday. Reflecting falling demand, domestic stockpiles of whale meat have been increasing, said the Tokyo-based Dolphin & Whale Action Network in a report written by freelance journalist Junko Sakuma. "The Fisheries Agency continues to carry out whaling based on a fictitious...

2006-06-07 00:20:00

By Elaine Lies TOKYO -- Japan plans a new group for nations that support commercial whaling in a bid to end a 20-year ban on the activity, officials said, reiterating threats to leave the International Whaling Commission if it didn't lift the ban. The threat to quit the IWC, which meets later this month, could shatter the group originally set up to manage hunting of whales. "If things go on like this, the raison d'etre of the IWC as a whaling management organization disappears," said Hideki...

2006-02-16 01:55:00

CANBERRA -- Anti-whaling nations will struggle to stop a resumption of commercial whaling when the International Whaling Commission votes on the issue in June, Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell said on Thursday. Campbell said whaling nation Japan secured majority support at the last IWC meeting in South Korea in June 2005 for its plan to resume commercial whaling, but that not all the countries in favor turned up to the vote, so the proposal was knocked down. "I really do think...

2006-02-16 00:47:41

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Anti-whaling nations will struggle to stop a resumption of commercial whaling when the International Whaling Commission votes on the issue in June, Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell said on Thursday. Campbell said whaling nation Japan secured majority support at the last IWC meeting in South Korea in June 2005 for its plan to resume commercial whaling, but that not all the countries in favor turned up to the vote, so the proposal was knocked down. "I...

2006-02-15 20:05:00

By Gordon Bell CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The chained Farley Mowat floats under police guard in Cape Town harbor, out of reach of the whaling ships its captain seeks to destroy. For seven weeks, the crew of the tiny activist ship harassed Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters, chasing the hunters through thousands of kilometers of icy seas. Now, the Canadian-registered ship has been forced to rest. Last month, it was detained on arrival in South Africa by marine officials who say it does not meet...

2006-02-14 10:45:00

TOKYO -- Whale meat is back on the menu in a growing number of Japanese elementary and junior high schools, Kyodo news service reported on Tuesday. The board of education in Wakayama prefecture in western Japan, an area known as the birthplace of organized whaling in the country, is promoting the drive to put whale on school menus. The board provided some 1,657 kilograms of whale meat for more than 100 elementary and junior high schools in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara prefectures and Tokyo in...

2006-01-15 01:09:16

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A Japanese whaling harpoon narrowly missed an inflatable boat carrying environmental protesters, causing one to fall into the freezing sea, as both sides warn their face-off is becoming increasingly dangerous. The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise has been shadowing the Japanese whaling fleet for several weeks in an attempt to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt, prompting a heated exchange on January 8 when the Greenpeace ship and a Japanese ship collided. In the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.