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Revisiting the Roots of the Whaling Issue: The Relationship Between Humans and Nature

Revisiting the Roots of the Whaling Issue: Sustainable Use, Environmental Protection

INTERVIEW | Hidehiro Kato: Battle for Science, Sustainability over Politics in the IWC

INTERVIEW | Hidehiro Kato on Whale Research and Optimism for the Future

‘Kitchen Car’ Whale Cuisine: New Dishes for a New Generation

A Lifelong Friend of Whaling: Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in His Own Words

Whales in the Japanese Landscape: Taking Life, The Naked Providence of Nature

Whales in the Japanese Landscape: Proud Thieves Seeking the Riches of the Sea

Whales in the Japanese Landscape: A Test of Character, Past and Present

It is not whaling that is threatening the handful of whale species that are endangered at present, such as the vaquita in the Gulf of California and the large North Atlantic right whale. Rather, bycatch of other fisheries, ship strikes, and development in the seas they inhabit are what threatens them ... Science is meant to be utilized to solve real-life problems, not fantasies.
— Hajime Ishikawa, Shimonoseki Academy of Marine Science, Former Cruise Leader of Antarctic Whaling Fleet [Read More]

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Whaling in Focus

A new chapter for Japanese Whaling

After decades of deadlock in the International Whaling Commission, in 2019 Japan began commercial whaling for the first time in over 30 years...

Researchers' View

Scholars on Whaling

Largely unheard in the English-speaking world, prominent scientists, scholars, and writers give their opinions about the global whaling controversy...

Whale Research Drone ‘Asuka’ Debuts at Japan Drone Exhibition

The use of the Asuka drone allows researchers to identify whales even in the midst of ice floes, where research vessels are unable to go.

Audience Choice: New Accolades for Bon Ishikawa’s Indigenous Whaling Film ‘Lamafa’

Lamafa, an independent documentary about traditional life in a distant Indonesian whaling village, has continued to

Taiji and the Liberal Dolphin Party

Behind the clump of panicked dolphins, a row of Japanese fishing boats and skiffs appeared, the low thump of their engines rolling in on the sea breeze.

Dancing With the Evil Fishermen of Taiji

The town I was supposed to cover was called Taiji. It was the subject of a documentary called The Cove, which was up for an Academy Award. My bosses wanted someone to be there in case it won, to get the town’s side of the story.

In Chiba Prefecture’s Minamiboso, Fighting to Save Coastal Whaling Traditions

There was a time when whale meat was so common in Japan that we almost expected it to be a part of every meal. But this changed from the late 1980s, when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) placed a moratorium on commercial whaling. Since then the overall whale market has

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