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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific" 188

First time accepted submitter Nodsnarb (2851527) writes "The UN's international Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program is not for scientific purposes. In a statement, the court said that Japan's programme involved activities which 'can broadly be characterised as scientific research.' However, it said that 'the evidence does not establish that the programme's design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives.' It added: 'The court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with JARPA II are not 'for purposes of scientific research' pursuant to [the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling].'"
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31, 2014 @09:19AM (#46620331)

    How will the UN enforce this? This is nothing more than a symbolic gesture as I don't think sanctions are likely to hurt Japan all that much.

    Japan has agreed to abide by the UN courts rulings, which have asked for am immediate stop to the practice

  • by Xest ( 935314 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @09:26AM (#46620413)

    It's not so much how the UN can enforce it, it's the fact that it makes it legal for other countries to take action against Japan over it without themselves becoming victims of legal cases from Japan.

    For example, Japanese ships entered New Zealand's exclusive economic zone earlier this year - something boats are normally allowed to do without needing explicit permission. Now however there's nothing to stop the New Zealand coast guard from arresting them and seizing their ship for carrying out an illegal activity if they were to pass through that zone again. Effectively Japan could no longer call such act an act of piracy which would be the risk of New Zealand or similar decided to go ahead and do that without this ruling.

    This is why Japan has said it will abide by the ruling, because whilst it's embarassing for them to lose their whaling argument at long last, it'd be even more embarassing if they said "fuck the UN" and then got their ships legally seized by a foreign government and the Japanese crew paraded on TV as arrested for engaging in illegal activity. They'd then have to stop whaling for the reason that their ships had been seized, rather than that they'd accepted the ruling and given it up themselves - this is the least embarrassing route for them now, hence why they're taking it.

  • Re:Buried the lede (Score:5, Informative)

    by Xest ( 935314 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @10:14AM (#46620857)

    Because they've said they will?

    That was kind of a big pointer. It does require you to RTFA though.

    The quote in question from TFA:

    "Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it "regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision"."

  • by ljw1004 ( 764174 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @11:15AM (#46621513)

    I'd had it twice. The first time raw in Japan it was okay.

    The second time, seared, in Iceland, it was sublime. Like a combination of the best bits of sashimi and the best bits of high quality steak, somehow unexpectedly combined in one delicious whole.

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