Japan Proposes Partial Resumption of Commercial Whaling

Politics

Tokyo, July 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has submitted a proposal to the International Whaling Commission for partial resumption of commercial whaling limited to abundant species such as minke whales, officials said Tuesday.

Japan also proposed a change in the current system requiring support from three quarters of the member countries for a decision on key issues such as catch quotas and protected areas. The Asian country hopes that the system will allow a majority vote under some conditions.

The proposal, submitted to the IWC Secretariat on Wednesday British time, will be discussed at the commission's annual meeting in Brazil in September.

Under the current voting system, the IWC can hardly reach an agreement because the whaling and antiwhaling members are almost equal in numbers. Japan aims to change the situation by lowering the hurdle.

Japan has been suspending its commercial whaling since 1988 under an IWC moratorium. But it continues research whaling to collect scientific data.

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