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AP Analysis: Ruling that scrapped Antarctic whaling gives Japan face-saving way to end program

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby, and could have been criticized for caving in to foreign anti-whaling activists. Now officials can say the court forced their hand."It seemed to me they were anxious to lose," said Masayuki Komatsu, a former fisheries official known for his battles at the International Whaling Commission to defend Japanese hunts. He accused Japanese officials of losing "passion and love" for whaling and not fighting hard enough in court.In a March 31 ruling, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ordered Japan to stop granting permits for its Antarctic whaling program, which allowed an annual cull of about 1,000 whales. The world court, upholding arguments made by Australia, rejected Japan's contention that the progr...

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    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese Coast Guard has obtained an arrest warrant for the leader of the Sea Shepherd environmental group for its disruption of Japan's annual whal...

  2. Court ruling could hurt Japan's whaling industry, but declining sales of meat could doom it

    The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but Japanese consume...

  3. Sea Shepherd says its founder arrested in Germany

    An environmental activist group known for its confrontations with whalers and fishermen says its founder has been arrested in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica f...

  4. Alemania arresta a fundador de grupo ecologista Sea Shepherd

    El fundador de un grupo ambientalista internacional conocido por sus confrontaciones con buques pescadores y balleneros fue arrestado en Alemania y será extraditado ...

  5. Sea Shepherd founder leaves German jail

    The founder of the environmental activist group Sea Shepherd has left a German jail after a court ordered him freed on bail pending a decision on whether he will be ...

  6. Fundador de Sea Shepherd sale de cárcel alemana

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  7. Costa Rica garantiza un proceso justo al fundador de la organización ecologista Sea Shepherd

    La presidenta costarricense, Laura Chinchilla, garantizó hoy desde Berlín un proceso justo a Paul Watson, fundador de la organización ecologista Sea Shepherd, deteni...

  8. Sea Shepherd : Ban on activist was a strategy to help keep him from Japanese prison

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An anti-whaling group banned one of its members for carrying a weapon onboard ship as a strategy to help him avoid prison in Japan, an...

  9. New Zealand rebukes Japan for allowing whaling boat to enter its economic waters

    New Zealand has sharply criticized Japan for allowing a whaling ship to enter New Zealand's economic waters.New Zealand said Monday that Japan ignored requests that ...

  10. Anti-whaling activist says Costa Rica seeking his arrest because it's a 'serving boy' to Japan

    The founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says Costa Rica has charged him with a crime that doesn't exist in that country because it's being a "serving bo...

  11. Japanese whaling vessel, protest ship collide in icy waters off Antarctica

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  12. Japanese dolphin roundup is biggest in 4 years, environmental group says

    Japanese fishermen have finished killing some of the 250 dolphins trapped recently in what activists say was the biggest roundup they have witnessed in the last four...

  1. What will happen to Japan's whaling after world court ruling?

    Japan's whaling in the Antarctic is at a crossroads after the International Court of Justice ordered it halted this week, saying it's not really science. The ruling ...

  2. Sea Shepherd founder skips bail in Germany

    A German court has ordered environmental activist Paul Watson of the group Sea Shepherd rearrested, saying Wednesday that he skipped bail and apparently left the cou...

  3. Lawyer for Sea Shepherd seeks Dutch prosecution of Japanese whalers on piracy charges

    Sea Shepherd is asking Dutch authorities to prosecute Japanese whalers for allegedly attacking the radical conservationist group's ships in the Southern Ocean.Lawyer...

  4. Sea Shepherd loses Australia bid for charity status

    Militant anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd Australia suffered a blow to its fundraising hopes when a court rejected a bid for donations to be tax-deductible.The...

  5. Sea Shepherd founder flees before group's ships dock in Australia; gov't denies arrest plans

    The founder of Sea Shepherd left the environmental group's fleet of anti-whaling ships before they docked in Australia, though the government says it has no reason t...

  6. Sea Shepherd , whaling protester in NZ public spat

    Sea Shepherd deliberately sank its own high-tech protest boat after a January collision with a Japanese whaling ship to gain sympathy, the former skipper alleged Thu...

  7. WikiLeaks: EEUU y Japón sopesaron medidas contra Sea Shepherd

    Japón y Estados Unidos examinaron en el 2009 la adopción de medidas para debilitar al grupo defensor de las ballenas Sea Shepherd , según mensajes diplomáticos estad...

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