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Friday, November 28, 2014, 14:30 - 15:30

Japan's IWC Representative to Explain Japan's New Whaling Program
Joji Morishita
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 research whaling program. The court ruled that there was little evidence that taking over 900 whales annually produced scientific results of any value. Therefore, the program violated the terms of the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, the court decided. Japan complied with the order to halt the program.

 But the court left open a loophole. It suggested that Japan could revise the program to reflect the court's findings and resume research whaling. And that is exactly what Japan is doing. On 18 November, it submitted a new research whaling plan to the International Whaling Commission. The new plan calls for increasing the use of non-lethal methods of gathering data. But it also targets taking 333 minke whales each year. The plan claims that sacrificing the animals is the only way to accurately determine their age which is needed to determine the age structure of the minke whale population. This is critical data for managing minke whale stocks, the plan claims.

 At this press conference Japan's delegate to the International Whaling Commission, Joji Morishita, will explain and defend the new plan. Morishita has represented Japan on several international fisheries-related bodies. He holds a degree of Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and a BS in Fisheries Science from Kyoto University.

 Please join us as Morishita-san returns to the FCCJ to speak about the future of Japan's research whaling efforts.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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