Japanese money to whaling, not earthquake recovery

This video says about itself:

Think whaling is essential for Japan? Think again. Most whale meat that is gathered just sits in cold storage. Statistics show that 95% of everyone in Japan either rarely eats or never had whale meat. The only reason Japan continues this brutal practice is for pride. Hundreds of lives are destroyed because the government of Japan, like so many others, put themselves before the Earth.

From the Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Japanese earthquake recovery money going to whaling

Billions of pounds earmarked for the reconstruction of areas of Japan devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami have been diverted to projects with [no] connection to the recovery work, such as whaling research

By Julian Ryall, Tokyo

11:49AM BST 25 Sep 2012

An investigation by NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, has revealed that substantial portions of the Y19 trillion (£150.2 billion) that is being raised by tax increases and government spending cuts between 2011 and 2015 are going to promote the whaling industry, to train prison inmates and even to fund nuclear research.

The report comes as companies in the regions hardest-hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake complain that they have yet to receive more than 60 per cent of the subsidies that were promised by the national and prefectural government to get their businesses up and running again.

The ministry that overseas Japan’s “research whaling” – condemned internationally as thinly disguised commercial whaling – defended the allocation of Y2.28 billion (£18 million) on the grounds that it would help the economies of coastal communities recover from the disaster.

September 2012. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging Japan to abandon its Antarctic whaling programme and stop wasting public money on a cruel and outdated industry. The Japanese whaling fleet’s ageing factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, needs repairs estimated to run into millions of dollars in order to make the voyage to the Southern Ocean to hunt Minke whales later this year: here.

Japan’s annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean is in doubt this year because the fleet’s factory ship is in need of repairs: here.

Japan: Whaling Group Suffers Financial Loss: here.

A battle is brewing over whaling in the Southern Ocean between Australia and Japan. Australia’s Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has reiterated his government’s strong opposition to Japan’s “scientific whaling” program, dismissing claims that the expeditions have any scientific research merit: here.

Scientists now understand what made the 2011 earthquake in Japan so powerful: here.

7 thoughts on “Japanese money to whaling, not earthquake recovery

  1. Tokyo activists rally against dolphin, whale hunts

    (AFP) – 1 day ago

    TOKYO — Environmentalists and nationalists held opposing rallies over the issue of Japan’s dolphin and whale hunts in a rare showdown in central Tokyo on Saturday, leading to angry scenes.

    About 50 anti-whaling activists gathered at a park in the Shibuya shopping district with banners bearing slogans such as “Stop the cruel dolphin hunt!” while across the street about 30 nationalists shouted “Get out of Japan!”

    The nationalists accused the environmentalists of undermining Japanese culture and traditions, saying “environmental terrorists” should be sent to slaughter houses.

    The rally was part of demonstrations to be held around the world this weekend against the killing of dolphins in the Japanese town of Taiji, according to the organiser, Action for Marine Mammals.

    Demonstrations are also planned in cities including London, Sao Paulo, Vancouver and across the United States, the Tokyo-based group said.

    Taiji, in western Japan, drew global attention after “The Cove”, a hard-hitting film about the annual dolphin hunts there, won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2010.

    Fishermen corral hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and slaughter the rest for meat. The dolphin hunt takes place over a period of months.

    The demonstrators also called for an end to Japan’s annual state-sponsored whaling mission to the Southern Ocean, due to start in the next few weeks.

    Japan hunts whales using a loophole in a global moratorium that allows for so-called “scientific research”, although the meat is later sold openly in shops and restaurants.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP


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