Japan's IWC representative makes the case for continuing Japan's whaling program
Japan's Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission(IWC)
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English
In late March, The International Court of Justice ordered Japan to halt its Antarctic whale hunt, saying there was no evidence the program had scientific research value, and that it violated an international moratorium on commercial whaling. In response, Japan announced it would still proceed with a smaller research program in the northwest Pacific. An Asahi Shimbun article from around this time found that 60% of respondents thought research whaling should continue, while nearly 23% said the practice should stop.
Joji Morishita has long been Japan's representative to the International Whaling Commission, where he has won respect even among whaling opponents for his negotiating skills and demeanor. He was appointed Director-General of the National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries, Fisheries Research Agency, in April 2013 but remains Japan's commissioner to the IWC. He has represented Japan at the UN General Assembly Informal Consultations on the sustainable fisheries resolution, FAO Committee on Fisheries, the Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (May 2006), and the UN ad hoc Working Group on marine biological diversity in the high seas, among other positions.
Morishita holds a degree of Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA (1987) and a BS in Fisheries Science from Kyoto University, Japan (1981). He is the author of Why Are the Whales Stranded? --- Tragedy of Anti-Whaling Movement (2002, Kawade Shobo Shinsha, ltd., in Japanese). Separately, he has argued that the IWC moratorium on commercial whaling was not a value judgment and was not intended as a permanent prohibition.
Please join us as Morishita-san returns to the FCCJ to speak about the ICJ decision and events since.
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