The introduction is apparently intended to make clear Japan's plans to continue whaling, a move likely to draw fire from antiwhaling
countries, such as the United States, Australia and countries in Europe.
The Fisheries Agency had kept secret the departure date of the whaling fleet as a precaution against obstruction by militant antiwhaling
groups such as Sea Shepherd, Kyodo said.
"We want commercial whaling to stop, and that includes the so-called scientific whaling program that Japan has been carrying on for many years," Mark Dreyfus said at a press conference Sunday, adding Australia's antiwhaling
views are known.
(24) For example, Charlotte Epstein demonstrates that it was the framing of whales as "magnificent creatures" rather than "resources" that allowed for antiwhaling
discourse to take hold and influence the international whaling regime.
The lack of agreement on how to manage whaling despite decades of negotiations between pro- and antiwhaling
nations has called into question the future of the IWC as a path to resolution.
(163) See Hirata, supra note 46, at 146 ("Japan has virtually no legislative advocates for the antiwhaling
cause and no legislative supporter of antiwhaling
More recently, the DPJ came under attack after it was revealed that state funds allocated to reconstruct areas hit by the calamity were being used for other purposes, such as efforts to counter an antiwhaling
group's obstruction of Japanese whaling ships.
LOS ANGELES - Paul Watson, head of antiwhaling
group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has left Germany following his release on bail, fearing extradition to Japan, the group said Wednesday.
MORIOKA, Japan - Members of the antiwhaling
group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society recently returned to the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, angering some local people after they had received help during the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Visiting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard underlined her country's antiwhaling
status Friday as she said Canberra has no intention of halting its legal action to permanently end Japan's whale hunts, but warned the conservation group Sea Shepherd against engaging in dangerous protest activities.
The former Beatle called on governments discussing the International Whaling Commission's bid to break the impasse between pro and antiwhaling
nations to "protect these beautiful creatures".
The controversial TV cartoon show features a parody of her hit Poker Face in an episode about antiwhaling
campaigners ditching the peaceful protests in favour of guns.