Updated: Feb 25, 2019

A minke whale being landed at Abashiri Port in August 2018.

An update from Keiko Norway.

Since leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan has sent representatives to Norway in the hope of learning more about our country's whaling methods, particularly how Norway sets quotas as well as how whaling is generally managed. Japan intends to set their own quotas and add additional whale species to the list for their return to commercial whaling. Recent marketing attempts to repopularize whale meat throughout Norway haven't yield much success so, unfortunately, Norway has seen this as an excellent opportunity to export more of their unused whale meat to Japan. Norwegian representatives have announced they will be visiting Japan in the near future to discuss a potential trade deal which would involve Japan purchasing some of Norway's whale meat in return for their expertise on these practices.

Norwegian politician Jonny Finstad told Lofotposten, "whaling is a traditional industry that pursues sustainable management. Exporting quality meat to Japan has been a desire from the whaling industry for a long time, and now I believe we have an excellent opportunity to gain market access into a large market. If we gain access to the Japanese market for whale meat, we will then have a market where we can export large quantities to." However, Finstad failed to mention that one of Norway's recent large exports to Japan resulted in them dumping the meat after finding it to have high levels of pesticide contamination and deeming it unfit for sale and consumption.


Updated: Dec 27, 2018

Japan has voiced their intent to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling. Despite the IWC's moratorium (indefinite ban) on commercial whaling, Japan has continued whaling over the last few decades, claiming their kills were being done for "scientific research," a practice that prompted international outrage. In September, the IWC rejected Japan's proposal to resume whaling and the country will most likely make a formal statement withdrawing from the commission over the next few days. The continuation of whaling in Japan is nonsensical, particularly at a time where the ocean is being attacked from all sides. The activity isn't being done for food or resources. Whale meat isn't a very popular dish in Japan and there is an estimated 4,500 to 6,000 tons of whale meat sitting in long-term cold storage until some purpose can be found for it.

HOW CAN YOU HELP: We encourage you to contact Senior Fisheries Negotiator Hideki Moronuki at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries website (https://www.contactus.maff.go.jp/j/form/kanbo/koho/160807.html) and voice your concern on the continuation of whaling.

You can also send the ministry letters at:

Hideki Moronuki 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki,

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950


Tweet the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries at @MAFF_JAPAN by clicking the image below.

We are sad to see that Taiji is now pushing a film that will promote the dolphinarium industry throughout Japan. Young and popular Japanese actors will star as dolphin trainers at Taiji's infamous #TaijiWhaleMuseum, glorifying careers as dolphin trainers and the aquarium. Most people in Japan have no idea about the brutal truth of how these animals are obtained. There is an incredible amount of love for animals throughout Japan that is being exploited by dolphinariums, but that same love could most certainly bring an end to them if the people were exposed to the reality behind these dolphin shows.⠀ Footage: Dolphin Project, Oceanic Preservation Society, One Ocean Diving And Research.

Actors In Bokujira: @masato_yano @rinatakeda615 @rei_okamoto @ruka_1010_team8

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