Harpoon the whalers! A little butter, a dash of pepper … Mm-mm good!
The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has opened in Santiago without the usual war of words between pro- and anti-whaling nations.
Some campaigners in Chile’s capital complain dissent is being suppressed.
But Japan says anti-whaling countries will be able to pursue conservation goals more effectively if they accept that whaling can be sustainable.
Japan imports a lot of its raw materials and fossil fuels are no exception. The country however is the 2nd largest global market for solar energy, and is home to some of the largest solar component manufacturers, including Sanyo, Kyocera, and Sharp.
The Japanese government will introduce tax credits and subsidies to encourage household use of solar energy starting next year. The details will be determined in August when the budget is created. The incentive will decrease the cost of a solar photovoltaic system by an estimated 50% within 3 to 5 years.
This initiative will make solar energy especially appealing because the cost of electricity in Japan is already over $.20 a kWh. This is roughly double the rate of electricity found in many areas of the US. Increased production of solar components can help the cost to decrease by creating an economy of scale. This solar incentive will also assist Japan in becoming more energy independent and less reliant on volatile fossil fuel markets.
A Japanese whaling fleet has set sail aiming to harpoon humpback whales for the first time in decades.
The fleet is conducting its largest hunt in the South Pacific – it has instructions to kill up to 1,000 whales, including 50 humpbacks.
The humpback hunt is the first since a mid-1960s global ban and has drawn strong protests from environmentalists.
Commercial whaling was stopped in 1986 but Japan is permitted whaling in the name of scientific research.
Four whaling ships, including the lead craft Nisshin Maru, set off from the southern port of Shimonoseki on Sunday.
The 239-man mission plans to kill more than 900 minke whales as well as fin whales and humpbacks, in a South Pacific whale hunt that will run until mid-April.
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The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission begins on Friday on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. The indications are that for the first time in 20 years nations which favour whaling may have a majority.
"Many of the Japanese citizens thinks that westerners, (the) outside world, is imposing their own value code on Japan on an emotional basis, and naturally they think they're bullies or… arrogant."
At the risk of being culturally insensitive, it seems to me that, given their great numbers, the Japanese represent a far more sustainable source of food for the world's burgeoning population. Moreover, I am told that they can be quite tasty when prepared properly — a simple matter of a little butter and fresh herbs.
Then, too, whales don't bother anyone, whereas the people of Japan go around calling Westerners "arrogant" when they are only trying to protect a species which is quite arguably more intelligent (and certainly more lovable) than most human beings.