INTERVIEW: New Whaling Rules Should Be Created under Japan's Leadership

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's envoy to the International Whaling Commission has called for new whaling rules to be created under the country's leadership, following its decision late last year to quit the IWC to resume commercial whaling.

The exit from the IWC, slated for June, will be "a passing point," Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Prof. Joji Morishita said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.

"We need to create a forum for discussions to establish a consensus that whales are a (food) resource," said Morishita, who has been engaged in negotiations at the IWC for about two decades as the Japanese government's representative at the whale stock management body.

He criticized whaling opponents in the Western world, including the United States, for "denying food diversity and forcing their own environmental standards on developing countries and others," warning that such an approach is problematic in light of food security.

"Japan, whose food self-sufficiency rate is low, should take the initiative to establish a theory that can compete with the Westerners' arguments," Morishita stressed.

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