Japanese government won’t stop shark finning

This video says about itself:

24 April 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war dead, including war criminals, prompting strong criticism from neighboring countries. Since taking office, Abe has pushed for a revision of Japan’s constitution to allow offensive military capabilities, leading many to fear a rise in Japanese militarism.

Earlier this month, the Abe administration also added a highly controversial course on bayonetting to secondary school education. These moves have shown Abe’s government drifting to the far right. Does Japan’s rising militaristic attitude endanger peace in East Asia, as its neighbors fear? World Insight spoke with Yang Xiyu, senior fellow of the China Institute of International Studies, and Yoichi Shimatsu, former editor of The Japan Times.

The far Right political establishment in Japan promotes militarism and war. They are in denial about forced prostitution of many women during World War II. They promote nuclear plants in spite of the Fukushima disaster. They spend money which supposedly is for Fukushima disaster relief, and much other Japanese taxpayers’ money, on the whale killing industry.

And now, today …

This video is called Over 73 Million Sharks Killed Every Year for Fins.

From Times LIVE in South Africa:

Japan rejects international shark trade regulation

Sapa-AFP | 31 May, 2013 11:23

The Japanese government has decided to reject landmark rules on the trade in sharks, an official said Friday, opting for status quo despite a global push to protect the predators.

Japan is filing a “reservation” about the regulation under the 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to restrict cross-border trade in the oceanic whitetip, the porbeagle and three types of hammerhead shark.

“It is the Japanese government’s position that the species should be managed under the existing management bodies,” said a Japanese diplomat assigned to the issue.

Asian nations led by Japan and China — where shark fin soup is considered a delicacy — tried to block the regulations in March at a Bangkok convention, but greater support for the measure from the rest of the world overwhelmed them.

Global shark populations have been decimated over recent decades. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), humans kill about 100 million sharks each year, mostly for their fins.

Conservationists warn that dozens of species are under threat.

Over the past 100 years, 90% of the world’s sharks have disappeared, mostly because of overfishing, the FAO says.

Tokyo’s move, Kyodo News said, risks global criticism of Japan, whose appetite for seafood has been seen as pushing some oceanic creatures, most notably tuna, toward extinction.

Japan has long faced criticism from maritime conservationists for its regular whale hunting programmes, which Tokyo claims are carried out for scientific purposes while making no secret that the meat ends up on dinner plates.

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