Japan Mulls Bill on Aid for Commercial Whaling

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday approved a plan to introduce a bill to provide continued public aid for commercial whaling, which the country resumed on July 1 after a 31-year hiatus.

The party aims to have the bill submitted to the current session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, as lawmaker-initiated legislation with suprapartisan backing so that it will go into effect by the end of the year.

The aid for commercial whaling comes as limits to the amount of catches render the practice unprofitable.

The proposed bill seeks to provide state support for promoting technologies related to catching and dismantling whales, in an effort to wean commercial whaling off public subsidies.

The move is apparently a nod to the fisheries industry, which fears possible reductions in state funds earmarked for it.

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