Business Lobbyists Stymy Climate Much-Needed Action in Japan

Business Lobbyists Stymy Climate Much-Needed Action in Japan

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Japan’s efforts to fight climate change is “hindered” by the influential business lobby Keidanren, Aaron Sheldrick reported for Reuters yesterday. As Sheldrick explained, the powerful lobby is “dominated by energy-intensive sectors that represent less than 10% of the economy, resulting in national policies that favor coal and are hindering […]

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Read This: Typhoon Hagibis’ Path of Destruction in Japan

Read This: Typhoon Hagibis’ Path of Destruction in Japan

Take a look at the Atlantic’s roundup of images from the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, the equivalent of a category 5 storm that struck Japan this past week, causing billions of dollars of wreckage in its wake and claiming 66 lives. Not only did the storm sweep away Fukushima nuclear waste bags into the river […]

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Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling, Joins Iceland and Norway

Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling, Joins Iceland and Norway

According to the Associated Press, Japanese whaling vessels returned to port with two minke whales last week — this is the first time Japan’s ships conducted a commercial hunt since an international moratorium on commercial whaling went into effect in the 1980s, joining the Norway and Iceland in defying the global ban on selling whale meat. Japan had announced recently that they are leaving the International Whaling Commission, and will be resuming commercial whaling, but ending “research whaling,” which was always believed by international whale conservation organizations to be a ruse.  

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Japan Nears End of Scientific Whale Hunts

Japan Nears End of Scientific Whale Hunts

Japan’s last controversial “scientific” whale hunt in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary just concluded, Japan Today reported.  The government said they killed 333 minke whales, and of those, 122 of them were pregnant females.  Japan will no longer conduct this “science,” the government announced last December, and will no longer participate in the International Whaling Commission.  

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