Japanese whaler ships are preparing today to sea at a port in the north of the country a day before the country’s first commercial hunting for over 30 years.
Last year, Japan announced it would exit the International Whale Commission (IWC) and will resume commercial whaling from tomorrow (July 1), sparking global condemnation and world populations of whales.
Japan has long been defending, eating whales as an important culture of its people and most non-species species are threatened.
A moratorium on global whaling was carried out in 1986, but Japan began initiating what scientific papers have done in the North Pacific and Antarctic Pacific. Critics say, it’s actually a disguise for commercial whaling.
“I used to eat whales when I was young, but the price was too expensive recently.
“Perhaps if the commercialization of whales will begin, it is cheaper and we can easily get it,” said Sachiko Sakai, 66, a taxi driver in the port city here, located in the northernmost part of Hokkaido’s main island.
The hunt will be limited to Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
The five small whaling boats expected to depart early in the morning are lined up at the port’s remote jetty here.
The whaler ships came from harbor throughout Japan, including one from Taiji, the city famous for its cruel dolphin hunting displayed in the Oscar-winning documentary, ‘The Cove.’