2008年06月24日

国際捕鯨委員会の総会会場周辺で日本への抗議デモ発生 

IWC(国際捕鯨委員会)の総会がチリのSANTIAGOで始まった。

日本に反対するデモが行われ、逮捕者も発生。

抗議者たちは「日本は野蛮だ」などと怒号。

頬にクジラの絵をペインティングする抗議者も目立つ。


☆Japan focus of whaling meeting (英国BBC動画ニュース)

http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=GP82YTy1YPU

The International Whaling Commission is due to start its annual meeting in the Chilean capital Santiago.


☆Anger at calm in whaling waters (英国BBC)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7470353.stm

But Japan says anti-whaling countries will be able to pursue conservation goals more effectively if they accept that whaling can be sustainable.

(略)

Japan and Argentina - speaking for the pro- and anti-whaling blocs respectively - vowed to build consensus wherever possible and to avoid tabling motions that might result in a divisive vote.

(略)

But Joji Morishita, Japan's deputy whaling commissioner, said anti-whaling countries - and by extension, anti-whaling activists - could advance their conservation agenda by accepting that whales could be hunted sustainably.

"If that is accepted, it's much easier for our delegation to be involved in the so-called conservation agenda," he told BBC News.

"Those should be hand-in-hand, but in the past it was either one or the other, black and white. There should be a good combination between the so-called conservation agenda and sustainable utilisation."

Mr Morishita said he was encouraged by the conciliatory mood so far, but warned that bumpier roads might lie ahead as substantive issues arose.


☆Chilean president pushes whaling ban (AP通信)

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ht9OJtNTayB1RoUaYQG3PIwwa1fwD91G6BIG0

http://www.webcitation.org/5Yo7XupH2

Japanese delegate Joji Morishita called the numbers a misinterpretation.

Japan has been at the center of the commission split as it continues to hunt whales ― despite a 22-year commercial moratorium ― under a provision that allows whaling for scientific purposes.

Opponents insist its activities are for commercial purposes. Japan insists that the world whale population has grown to a level that makes hunting possible.


☆New IWC rules anger anti-whaling groups (オーストラリア国営放送)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/24/2283898.htm

http://www.webcitation.org/5Yo7qXRB0

"Japan, Norway and Iceland have been winning of body count with whaling for more than 20 years. It now appears they may have stopped the vote count with the IWC - that would be very unfortunate.



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