TOKYO – Japan announced Wednesday that it will leave the International Whaling Commission to resume the commercial hunt for animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would not go to Antarctica any more because of it every year has demanded many murders. Japan switched to what it calls research whales after the IWC imposed a moratorium on commercial whaling in the 1980s and says the stocks have recovered enough to resume hunting.
The head of the Cabinet, Yoshihide Suga, said Japan would resume commercial whaling in July "in line with Japan's fundamental policy to promote the sustainable use of living aquatic resources based on scientific evidence."
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"Unfortunately we have We have decided that it is not possible in the IWC to seek the coexistence of states with different views," he said.
Suga said the trade hunts would affect the territorial waters of Japan and his He said that Japan would discontinue its annual whaling expeditions to the Antarctic and Northwest Pacific oceans, with the non-signatory states not being allowed to do so.
The IWC imposed For three decades, the moratorium on commercial whaling due to a shrinking whale population, Japan switched to so-called whaling for research, but the program was criticized for protecting commercial hunting because the meat is sold at home on the market.
Environmental Group Greenpeace condemned the announcement on Wednesday and denied the Japanese view that W He noted that life in the ocean is threatened by both pollution and overfishing.
"Today's statement is inconsistent with the international community, let alone the protection needed to secure the future of our oceans and these majestic creatures," said Sam Annesley, Executive Director of Greenpeace Japan Statement. "The government of Japan needs to act urgently to preserve the ecosystems of the seas, rather than resume commercial whaling."
The Australian government, which is often a vociferous criticism of Japan's whaling policy, said in a statement that it was "extremely disappointed" by Japan's decision, the commission announced.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters, however, welcomed Japan's withdrawal from the southern ocean. Japan was the only country eager to return to commercial whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.
The Japanese fisheries authority Hideki Moronuki, a longtime negotiator for the IWC, said Japan will use the IWC's fishing method to carefully set a catch quota, but it estimates it is not.
Japan has hunted whales for centuries, but reduced its catch to international protest and declining demand for whale meat at home. Withdrawing from the IWC can be a headache in stopping Japan's ambitious Antarctic hunt and reducing whaling to the Japanese coast.
Japan cut its annual quota in the Antarctic by one-third after 2014 The International Court of Justice ruled that the country's research whaling program was not as scientific as it had been in Japan. Japan currently hunts about 600 whales per year in the Antarctic and northern Pacific.
Fisheries officials say that Japan consumes thousands of tons of whale meat from the research hunt every year, mainly from older Japanese looking for a nostalgic meal. However, critics claim that commercial whaling could be a sustainable industry if younger Japanese do not regard the animals as food.
Suga said that Japan will inform the IWC of its decision by 31 December and will continue to advocate for international cooperation in the proper management of marine life, even after its withdrawal from the IWC.