The Impact of Japan’s Split From the International Whaling Commission

A minke whale is landed at a port in Kushiro on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Sept. 4, 2017 (Kyodo photo via AP Images).
A minke whale is landed at a port in Kushiro on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Sept. 4, 2017 (Kyodo photo via AP Images).
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In late December, Japan formally announced it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, clearing the way for it to resume commercial whaling in July 2019. In announcing the move, the Japanese government criticized the IWC and member states for what it portrayed as an uncompromising anti-whaling posture. But environmental activists attacked the decision, with the executive director of Greenpeace Japan calling it “out of step with the international community.” In an email interview with WPR, Natalie Barefoot, acting director and lecturer at law for the University of Miami School of Law’s Environmental Justice Clinic, discusses Japan’s reasons […]

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