It is a very
old tradition, which begun centuries ago. Along with
other countries it continued through the last century, until the late
1900s when IWC proposed its moratorium and the majority of the world's
countries stopped whaling.
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Japan voted no to the moratorium and
Since commercial whaling was banned, Japan has
continued whaling. They now call
it "research whaling" which is
effectively commercial whaling as the meat ends up at markets and
IWC has therefore rejected such research whaling, however
the fact hasn't stopped Japan from continuing the activity.
Anti-whaling countries and activity groups strongly oppose Japanese
International scientists have stated that Japan's whaling
research does not meet the minimum standards of credible scientific
There are non-lethal methods available for what they are
finding out by their "research".
There have been several conflicts on
the sea between Japanese whalers and anti-whaling activists.
Australia and New Zealand have been fighting against whaling in their
waters. Australian government has promised to take legal action if
the conflict cannot be solved diplomatically.
Japan has replied by
hoping for a diplomatic solution, however the Japanese government
continuously states that the whaling will not stop.
Some state that
Japanese people don't support their government when it comes to