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2014-07-01

Brief overview of Japan’s future policies for Research Whaling

http://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/press/koho/pdf/gaiyou.pdf

[This translation is not official]

Brief overview of Japan’s future policies for Research Whaling

1.Basic Policy

・Japan will firmly maintain its policy that it should aim for resumption of commercial whaling, on the basis that cetaceans should be utilized as important food resources in a sustainable way on a scientific basis.

・Japan will conduct research whaling, building on the intent of the ICJ judgment.

2.Policy for future whaling programs after FY2015 in the Antarctic and the North-west Pacific

・Japan will submit and implement new plans for research whaling both in the Antarctic and the North-west Pacific to IWC Science Committee in 2015.

・Until new plans for research whaling are implemented, the government of Japan will consider drastic measures against obstruction by anti-whaling organizations.

3.Whale Research Program in 2014

・In the Antarctic, research whaling will not employ capture but only visual observation.

・In the North-west Pacific, research whaling for specific research objectives will be carried out in accordance with the following quotas.

・Investigations will be made into the possibilities of DNA sampling and other non-lethal research methods besides visual observation.

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Coastal whaling Minke whale 120→About 100
Off-shore whaling Minke whale 100→0
Bryde's whale 50→About 20
Sei whale 100→About 90
Sperm whale 10→0

*Catch quotas will be finalized after close examination following hearings of scientists’ views.

Translation
JWCS Volunteer staff: Junko Matsuoka, Simon Varnam

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