February 26, 2018

Japan Small-Type Whaling Assosiation/日本小型捕鯨協会

Here's a link to the website of Japan Small-Type Whaling Association:

It is strongly encouraged to browse the English version of the site to learn the current situation of the small-type whaling in Japan.

Here are some excerpts:

1. From the Introduction to Japanese Small-Type Coastal Whaling page:

It has been 17 years since
Japan's small-type coastal
whalers have been prohibited
from catching even a single
minke whale.
Despite the fact that scientists confirm a healthy stock
and marine environment; 
despite the fact that small-type coastal whalers and
people of the whaling communities are struggling; 
despite the fact that too many minke whales are considered to have detrimental effects on the ocean's ecosystem; and  despite 16 years of honest efforts of ours to meet with everyone and discuss minke whale management 
at the IWC - 
We are still not allowed to hunt minke whales.

2. From the Glossary and Issues page, the definition of IWC:

The International Whaling Commission is an international organisation which regulates whaling. The IWC is supposed to manage thirteen species of large whales, including all baleen whales and the sperm whale, the largest toothed whale. At about eight metres, the minke whale is the second smallest of the baleen whales, which means that the IWC sets the catch quotas for minkes. However, small cetaceans, such as the Baird's beaked whale and the pilot whale, as well as other dolphins and porpoises, are regulated separately by the national governments. The Japanese government therefore sets the whaling catch quotas for these species scientifically to ensure sustainable harvests.

Let me iterate the fact that the moratorium was not necessary in the first place. What we need to do now is to discuss sustainable whaling and that's exactly what the IWC is for, but the adamant anti-whaling countries, such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Australia, refuse to talk. Just think how culturally imperialistic these countries are!

Down with cultural imperialism!
Say no to cultural harassment!

Say to the anti-whaling countries:
We are not like you, we don't think like you, and we don't eat like you.
We don't want to live on beef alone. We regard whales as important marine resources and we want to eat whale meat as well as other marine resources such as fish and seafood. That's all.
What more do we need to say?


February 21, 2018

Shigefusa Kitaeji Mioroshi Deba, 180 mm/重房身卸出刃、180mm

A Shigefua knife lover in Europe has recently received this knife, Shigufusa kitaeji mioroshi deba, 180 mm, with a saya from Yoshizawa Riko through me, after waiting patiently well over two years.
Here's part of his/her comment:
I really like the knife. It is my first single bevel knife so I was really looking forward in receiving it. I just finished initial sharpening....(Omitted)
Now it is ready to cut like a razor.



February 19, 2018

You're still against eating whale?/それでもあなたは、クジラを食べることに反対ですか?

Here are links to this video on YouTube (already linked to in a previous post about whaling):

English version/英語版
You're still against eating whale?
Japanese version/日本語版
French version/フランス語版
Etes-vous toujours opposés à la consommation de viande de baleine?

At 0:50 and 3:12, you can hear the same sentence:

We should put whales, the ocean, and the food problem in perspective.

Let me add just one more crucial problem: Global warming due to methane gas from cows.
We should not live on beef alone. We should consume all of animal protein, plant protein, and marine protein wisely.
もう一つ重大な問題があります: 牛から出るメタンガスによる地球温暖化。

February 16, 2018

The Moratorium Is a Violation of the ICRW/モラトリアムはICRW違反

Note: Bolds and underscores are mine.

The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) contains Article V, which clearly states that amendments of the Schedule shall be based on scientific findings, as follows:

Article V
1. The Commission may amend from time to time the
provisions of the Schedule by adopting regulations with
respect to the conservation and utilization of whale
resources, fixing (a) protected and unprotected species;
(b) open and closed seasons; (c) open and closed waters,
including the designation of sanctuary areas; (d) size
limits for each species; (e) time, methods, and intensity
of whaling (including the maximum catch of whales to
be taken in any one season); (f) types and specifications
of gear and apparatus and appliances which may be
used; (g) methods of measurement; and (h) catch returns
and other statistical and biological records.
2. These amendments of the Schedule (a) shall be such as
are necessary to carry out the objectives and purposes of
this Convention and to provide for the conservation,
development, and optimum utilization of the whale
resources; (b) shall be based on scientific findings; (c)
shall not involve restrictions on the number or
nationality of factory ships or land stations, nor allocate
specific quotas to any factory ship or land station or to
any group of factory ships or land stations; and (d) shall
take into consideration the interests of the consumers of
whale products and the whaling industry.

The full text of the ICRW can be found here:

The moratorium was adopted in 1982 at the IWC without advice from the Commission's Scientific Committee that the moratorium was required for conservation purposes, as clearly stated in St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration in 2006, as follows:

NOTING that in 1982 the IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling (paragraph 10 e of the Schedule to the ICRW) without advice from the Commission's Scientific Committee that such measure was required for conservation purposes;

The full text of St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration can be found here:

It is VERY IMPORTANT to keep in mind that the moratorium is a violation of the ICRW. The ugliest anti-whaling country, namely, the United States of America, together with some environmental groups, succeeded in winning the moratorium by resorting to some underhanded measures.



第 5 条
1.委員会は、鯨資源の保存及び利用について、(a)保護される種類及び保護されない種類、(b) 解禁期及び禁漁期、(c)解禁水域及び禁漁水域(保護区域の指定を含む。)、(d)各種類についての大きさの制限、(e)捕鯨の時期、方法及び程度(一漁期における鯨の最大捕獲量を含む。)、(f)使用する漁具、装備及び器具の型式及び仕様、(g)測定方法、(h)捕獲報告並びに他の統計的及び生物学的記録並びに(i)監督の方法に関して規定する規則の採択によって、付表の規定随時修正することができる。






February 15, 2018

Excerpts from "Whales and Whaling"/「捕鯨問題の真実」から抜粋

Here are some exerpts from the following PDF files, issued from the Fisheries Agency of Japan. Bolds and underscores are mine.
It is strongly encouraged to read throught the file.

Whales and Whaling


What is the IWC?
Present IWC membership is 88 countries*
* As of December 2013
The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) was concluded in 1946. Its purpose was the conservation and management of whale resources and ensuring the sustainable use of whales as valuable marine resources for future generations. To realize this purpose, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was founded in 1948 with the 15 main whaling countries of the world as members. Japan adhered to the IWC in 1951.

History of the whaling dispute
IWC Organization
Establishment (1948 to 1960)
When the IWC began its work, resource management science was in an early stage. There was limited scientific data available, and catch quotas were not established other than those for the Antarctic Ocean.
1960 to 1972
From 1960, resource management became strengthened with the establishment of catch quotas per country and capture prohibition of diminished species. As a result, major whaling countries, such as the US, UK, Netherlands and Australia, withdrew from their no longer profitable whaling industry. Instead, cries for animal protection and nature conservation began to be heard, and the anti-whaling movement increased in activity. A ten-year temporary suspension or moratorium on commercial whaling was adopted in 1972 at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, but it was rejected at the IWC as having insufficient scientific grounds.
1972 to 1982
1972 marked the beginning of serious antagonism between anti-whaling and pro-whaling countries. The anti-whaling countries contrived a strategy to obtain a majority of votes at the IWC, and by 1982, managed to convince 25 countries to join the IWC as anti-whaling members. As a result, they came to command a majority of more than 75%, and the IWC moratorium on commercial whaling was adopted that year.
1982 to today
In 1982 ,the IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling prohibiting the capture of great whales to take effect in March 1988. At present, the number of pro-sustainable use countries which includes Japan, and anti-whaling countries rival each other so that the three-quarter majority of votes necessary to abolish the moratorium has yet to be attained.

While the mandate of the IWC as a organization devoted to the management of whale resources based on scientific evidence is clearly stipulated in the ICRW, a number of countries continue to oppose the resumption of commercial whaling even for species whose resource status has been scientifically proven to be at high levels of abundance. However, some of these countries are starting to change their positions, and new participation from countries which support sustainable whaling has been increasing.

IWC(International Whaling Commission)とは




February 3, 2018

St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration (2006)/セントキッツ・ネーヴィス宣言(2006)

One of the few bright news items for pro-whaling countries is St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration.

Link to St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration on WIKISOURCE
Link to the tentative translation of St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration into Japanese, prepared by the Fisheries Agency

It is strongly encouraged to read the whole text of the Declaration. You will see how hypocritical the anti-whaling countries are.

Some exerpts (bold and underscore are mine):

NOTING that in 1982 the IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling (paragraph 10 e of the Schedule to the ICRW) without advice from the Commission's Scientific Committee that such measure was required for conservation purposes;
FURTHER NOTING that the moratorium which was clearly intended as a temporary measure is no longer necessary, that the Commission adopted a robust and risk-averse procedure (RMP) for calculating quotas for abundant stocks of baleen whales in 1994 and that the IWC's own Scientific Committee has agreed that many species and stocks of whales are abundant and sustainable whaling is possible;
CONCERNED that after 14 years of discussion and negotiation, the IWC has failed to complete and implement a management regime to regulate commercial whaling.

- COMMISSIONERS express their concern that the IWC has failed to meet its obligations under the terms of the ICRW and,
- DECLARE our commitment to normalizing the functions of the IWC based on the terms of the ICRW and other relevant international law, respect for cultural diversity and traditions of coastal peoples and the fundamental principles of sustainable use of resources, and the need for science-based policy and rulemaking that are accepted as the world standard for the management of marine resources.