Japan back to its tricks this time calling whaling “scientific”

Japan just gave the middle finger to those who have been raising the issue of Japan’s whaling practices. The Japanese know that the attention has been taken away from Japan’s predatory fishing fleet, and now have used the term “scientific” to describe its continuing whaling. The Japanese whale industry will kill 333 Minke whales and call it “scientific” goes the argument. The average Japanese person could probably care less one way or another about Japan’s whaling industry. Although the Japanese might well be applying studies on how to manage and harvest whales, the Abe government has stated the long term goal is to continue whaling despite the few Japanese people who consume whale meat. Personally, I use self-restraint and don’t eat raw fish, or very little, realizing some sacrifices are going to have to be made.

The other thing is that Japan needs to go through land reform and farm reform to force more Japanese people back out into the countryside to begin more farming. The Japanese government should make it possible for a family to move into the countryside with a subsidiary high enough to sustain a family to get them set up in farming like what is being done in Russia. There are farms all over Japan where houses are empty just sitting there because if the houses are torn down the property tax increases. I’ve been to the Chichibu area many times and there are farms like this all over that area laying dormant. I’ve also priced houses in the area of Chichibu and they go from anywhere between ¥5 million up to ¥15 million and many sit on empty tracks of land with no productivity. The tax laws and land/property taxes in Japan are cumbersome, inefficient and freezing up pools of money that is being doled out by a self-protective bureaucracy. TPP negotiators have consistently identified a huge barrier in Japan is its inefficient use of land and the powerful farm lobby in Japan. An alternative would be for Japan to return to national socialism like Japan experimented with many years ago during the 1930s with social credit [“Social Credit is one of the main achievements of the 20th century in terms of monetary innovations. It solves poverty and depressed economies and provides a basic income to all. It reclaims the currency monopoly in the hands of the banking cartel, without centralizing power in State hands.”] which scared the crap out of the parasitic central bankers.

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Liam Bartlett: Japan’s ‘scientific’ whale program is a blatant sham

whalingDecember 5, 2015

by Liam Bartlett

It’s becoming increasingly clear that if we are to survive the silly season this year, a suspension of belief in the concept of trust and a high level of incredulity will be traits not merely recommended, but most certainly compulsory.

Take the past week as an entree.

First, a gathering of world leaders in Paris wants us to believe they can agree and then attain a specific global warming target of 2C.

Not a single politician among them has been able to balance their own books to the nearest million euros, but somehow, in a David Copperfield moment, they will perform meteorological control the likes not seen since Moses parted the seas.

It has restored my faith in the power of a good conference.

Then, closer to home, there was an admission from the Reserve Bank that Indonesia may have been responsible for hacking its computer files some two years ago.

That came hot on the heels of the Bureau of Meteorology publicly suspecting that China is probably behind some hacking into its database.

Not to be outdone, Japan then revealed it too was intent on hacking.

Not in cyberspace, but rather the more fleshy blubber on a whale carcass as it decided to revive its so-called “scientific” program, which will see it kill 333 Minke whales in the Southern Ocean.

Now, it should be said that Japan’s fisheries agency deserves some credit for technical ingenuity.

Not even Stephen Hawking could have conceived a microscope designed to look like a harpoon. The Japanese call it lethal research, which is code for “if it ain’t dead, it ain’t worth studying”.

Basically, secret scientific business that can only be understood if you’re wearing a white lab coat with knee-high gum boots and waving a sharp scythe in 5-metre Antarctic swell.

If the end result wasn’t so sad, it would make great content for a Chris Rock stand-up routine. As it is, it’s simply offensive and totally unnecessary. I can live with the unrealistic Paris manifesto in the name of wishful thinking and optimism.

I can understand the sneakiness of Indonesia and China to want to spy on our systems – even though the espionage was probably sanctioned by the same leaders who agreed to save the world from global warming.

But I can’t quite get my head around why one of our biggest trading partners is happy to rub our collective noses in such a blatant sham.

A fraud that has been exposed, not by the weight of public opinion, but by fact and legal analysis in the International Court of Justice. In March last year, the ICJ ruled the scientific whaling program to be commercial and illegal and ordered it should be halted.

It was a win for the perseverance of the Australian Government and a huge victory for conservation groups, in particular the outstanding anti-poaching work done by Sea Shepherd. But faster than you can say Free Willy, the Japanese were plotting their next move and last Tuesday, its whaling fleet left port and again headed toward the Southern Ocean.

Not only did Japan ignore the ICJ decision, it went one step further and notified the court that its jurisdiction will not apply to any “research on, or conservation, management or exploitation of living resources of the sea“.

Under the ICJ’s system of governance, any country that is not currently before the court can give notification accepting jurisdiction, but limiting its reach in a specific way.

Experts say it’s a legal loophole that, ironically, Australia has used to prevent claims by East Timor to Timor Gap resources.

Nevertheless, Japan’s decision to flip the bird to the ICJ is not an especially intelligent tactic given its bleating about neighbours recognising international law in the South China Sea.

That long-held, bloody-minded determination to kill whales, at whatever cost to reputation or national psyche, is still hard to fathom. I have covered stories on dolphin slaughters in rural Japan and have witnessed the sale of whale meat, both unprocessed and slapped between two burger buns, and I am convinced this is not wholly about tradition or culture.

Indeed, there were many more queuing for Big Macs than Moby Dick. And so it is that numbers have become irrelevant in this struggle.

Only two weeks ago, the Japanese Government-funded whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, was fined $1 million in our Federal Court for breaching a 2008 order to stop killing whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary.

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