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Entries for March 2013

The Yakuza whaling humpback whales in the waters surrounding Maui as predicated in “Yakuza’s Revenge” is obviously fictional, although the Internet abounds with articles regarding the Yakuza’s influence in Japanese whaling. What is true is that Japan continues to hunt whales, despite the 1986 moratorium on whaling by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). They do so by using a loophole in the ban which allows scientific study, claiming scientific whaling is needed for whale management purposes, and non-lethal methods wouldn’t provide the necessary information.

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