“Japan has a long history of whaling.

The oldest written mention of whaling in Japanese records is from Kojiki, the oldest extant Japanese book, which was written in the eighth century. In this book whale meat was eaten by Emperor Jimmu. In Man’yōshū, the word “Whaling” (いさなとり) was frequently used in depicting the ocean or beaches.

Japanese traditional whaling technique was dramatically developed in the 17th century in Taiji, Wakayama. Wada Chubei organized the group hunting system (刺手組) and introduced new handheld harpoon in 1606. Wada Kakuemon, later known as Taiji Kakuemon, invented the whaling net technique called Amitori hou (網取法) and increased the safety and efficiency of whaling.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaling_in_Japan

“Japanese whaling within Australian waters in Antarctica is illegal and should be stopped, a court ruled on Tuesday.

It is now up to the Australian government to decide whether to enforce the injunction. And even then it is unclear whether the ruling could be enforced as unless the whaling vessels enter Australia, “there is no practical mechanism by which orders of this court can be enforced” conceded Federal Court judge Jim Allsop.

The Australian Whale Sanctuary, which protects all whales and dolphins in Australian waters, was proclaimed in 2000.

These waters include a 200-mile wide stretch adjacent to Australia’s Antarctic territory, in which more than 1300 whales were killed by Japanese company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha between 2000 and 2006, estimates Humane Society International.”

http://www.whaling.jp/english/index.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/18/2094124.htm

http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn13185-australia-rules-japanese-whaling-illegal.html

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