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SDHF Newsletter No.238 The truth is that anti-whaling America kills whales

The truth is that anti-whaling America “kills” whales
An interview with
Keiko Yagi, Director of the film Behind the Cove

March 27, 2019

The Japanese Government announced its withdrawal from the IWC (International Whaling Commission), which is charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling, and the restart of commercial whaling for the first time since 1988 on December 26 last year. From July this year onward, Japan plans to resume commercial whaling within its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone off Japanese shores.
The monthly magazine Voice interviewed Ms. Keiko Yagi, director of a film Behind the Cove—Approaching the Puzzle of the Whaling Controversy, concerning the Japanese government’s decision and the true nature of the international organization called the “IWC”. (The interview was published in the March issue of Voice and uploaded at webVoice on March 3.)
webVoice (translated from the Japanese version)
As you will clearly see from the interview, the IWC, which was initially established for the proper conservation of whale stocks and this is still prescribed in the ICRW (International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling), has become an organization dominated by anti-whaling dogma, ignoring any discussion of the conservation of whales based on scientific data. In other words, the IWC is a “witch hunting” organization. Under the guise of this anti-whaling dogma, a European-centric, discriminatory view is palpable.
Ms. Yagi asserts the that the Government’s decision to withdrawal is the correct one but a little late. Japan has eagerly followed the voices of European countries for so long. Japan should have stated its own view more forcefully, pointing out that European views are not based on scientific data but based on their own preconceived notions and biases.
*Director Yagi’s website:
Video summary “Behind ‘The Cove’”:

Questions are welcome.

MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact