Japan’s Emperor Akihito, the country’s 125th, is to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in April, which will make him the first emperor to do so in over two centuries.
Thu, 27 Dec, 2018
Norway has begun its annual six-month whale hunt season with a quota of 999 minke whales - up from 880 animals in 2016.
Sat, 01 Apr, 2017
ON FEBRUARY 15 last year, a woman walking along a beach in the Scilly Isles spotted a large whale close to shore.
Mon, 11 Jul, 2016
The practice of whaling is thousands of years old but it is only in recent decades that the slaughter of these beautiful and intelligent creatures has been conducted on an industrial scale.
Wed, 02 Dec, 2015
Japan plans to resume Antarctic whaling next year, but with fewer killings and involving only minke whale, revising a research programme that was rejected by the UN’s top court.
Wed, 03 Sep, 2014
The International Court of Justice has ruled that Japan’s Antarctic whaling programme is not for scientific purposes and has ordered a temporary halt.
Mon, 31 Mar, 2014
DOES that look blue to you?” asked a colleague and Patrick Lyne had to agree that it did.
Thu, 20 Sep, 2012
South Korea plans to resume hunting whales for research purposes, officials said today, drawing immediate protests from non-whaling nations and environment groups.
Thu, 05 Jul, 2012
Anti-whaling activists claimed today that they have effectively ended this year's Japanese hunt following a late-night altercation near Antarctica, but the whalers said their season will continue.
Tue, 06 Mar, 2012
The United States is set to announce possible trade and diplomatic sanctions against Iceland for ramping up its whale hunts despite an international moratorium on commercial whaling.
Wed, 20 Jul, 2011
Japan and other pro-whaling nations have walked out of a meeting of the International Whaling Commission to protest at a proposal for a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.
Thu, 14 Jul, 2011
Japan today cancelled the rest of its whale hunting season in Antarctic waters because of repeated harassment by Sea Shepherd activists at sea, after netting only a fifth of its targeted catch of 850 whales.
Fri, 18 Feb, 2011
A government official says Japan has temporarily suspended its Antarctic whaling operations after repeated disruptions by a conservation group.
Wed, 16 Feb, 2011
Two Greenpeace activists were today given one-year suspended jail sentences by a Japanese court for stealing whale meat they claim was intended for illegal consumption.
Mon, 06 Sep, 2010
Japan’s fisheries agency said the country is planning to host a rally for pro-whaling nations to build support for lifting a decades-old ban on commercial whale hunts.
Thu, 26 Aug, 2010
AN international effort to truly limit whale hunting collapsed yesterday, leaving Japan, Norway and Iceland free to keep killing hundreds of mammals a year, even raiding a marine sanctuary in Antarctic waters unchecked.
Thu, 24 Jun, 2010
THE International Whaling Commission withdrew yesterday behind closed doors within minutes of kicking off a tense meeting that could end a global ban on commercial whaling.
Tue, 22 Jun, 2010
Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission if no progress is made towards easing an international ban on commercial whaling, its fisheries minister said today.
Tue, 15 Jun, 2010
Australia said today that it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice to argue that its “so-called scientific whaling” in the Antarctic violates international obligations.
Fri, 28 May, 2010
The International Whaling Commission has proposed allowing the first legal commercial whale hunts in 25 years, ending an outright ban that had many exceptions.
Fri, 23 Apr, 2010
Japanese prosecutors have indicted an anti-whaling activist for illegally boarding a harpoon boat as part of a protest against the ship’s whale hunting expedition in Antarctic seas in February.
Fri, 02 Apr, 2010
Australia has called for a gradual phasing out of whaling around the world in a proposal submitted to the International Whaling Commission.
Thu, 25 Feb, 2010
JAPAN’S foreign minister yesterday described Australia’s threat of legal action against its controversial whaling activities as “unfortunate” but said he did not believe it would hurt ties.
Mon, 22 Feb, 2010
AUSTRALIA’S prime minister set a November deadline for Japan to stop its research whaling programme that kills hundreds of whales a year in Antarctic waters, or face legal action.
Sat, 20 Feb, 2010
Australia’s prime minister has set a November deadline for Japan to stop its research whaling programme that kills hundreds of the creatures every year in Antarctic waters, or face legal action.
Fri, 19 Feb, 2010
An anti-whaling activist from New Zealand is in custody on a Japanese vessel and will be taken to Japan to face charges after secretly boarding the ship as part of a protest, officials said today.
Tue, 16 Feb, 2010
An anti-whaling activist from New Zealand was being held in custody on a Japanese whaling boat today after secretly boarding it in a protest, the whalers said.
Researchers from 12 countries will conduct research on whales in Antarctica in an open challenge to Japan’s programme that kills up to 1,000 whales a year in the name of science.
Mon, 01 Feb, 2010
Japan’s Fisheries Agency said ships from the country’s whaling fleet returned to port from the Antarctic Ocean with a lower catch than planned after being harassed by anti-whaling campaigners.
Mon, 13 Apr, 2009
A group of radical anti-whaling activists said they were pelted with bloody chunks of whale meat and blubber after their boat collided with a Japanese whaling vessel in a dramatic Antarctic Ocean clash.
Sat, 07 Feb, 2009
JAPANESE whalers blasted water from a cannon at conservationists who hurled bottles of rancid butter and paint during a clash in frigid Antarctic waters yesterday.
Tue, 03 Feb, 2009
Japanese whalers and conservationists clashed again in the Antarctic today.
Mon, 02 Feb, 2009
One of the crew from Japan’s controversial whale-hunting fleet was missing presumed dead today after apparently falling overboard in freezing Antarctic waters south of New Zealand.
Mon, 05 Jan, 2009
Activists who have clashed violently with Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters in recent months were headed back to port today because they were running out of fuel.
Tue, 11 Mar, 2008
Graphic pictures of Japanese hunters harpooning whales and dragging their carcasses aboard a ship near Antarctica were evidence of “indiscriminate” slaughter, Australia said today.
Thu, 07 Feb, 2008
Japan has resumed its annual whale hunt off Antarctica now that anti-whaling activists have stopped pursuing the country’s fleet, a Japanese official said today.
Wed, 06 Feb, 2008
A government minister said today Japan’s whaling fleet was heading towards New Zealand-controlled waters in Antarctica, in breach of an agreement to remain in Australian waters during this year’s whale hunt.
Fri, 25 Jan, 2008
The widow of TV “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin is to launch non-lethal research of whales in Antarctic waters next year, in a bid to shame Japan’s scientific whale kill.
Thu, 27 Dec, 2007
JAPAN is dropping its plan to kill humpback whales in the seas off Antarctica, the country’s top government spokesman said yesterday.
Sat, 22 Dec, 2007
Japan is dropping its plan to kill humpback whales in the seas off Antarctica, a media report said today.
Fri, 21 Dec, 2007
Irish consumers should boycott Japanese goods in protest at its whale hunting expeditions, Ireland's National Sea Life Centre said today.
Thu, 22 Nov, 2007
Australia and New Zealand appealed to Japan today to halt a fleet headed for the Antarctic to hunt humpback whales.
Mon, 19 Nov, 2007
One of Japan's coastal whaling towns butchered its first catch of the season in front of watching children today.
Thu, 21 Jun, 2007
A 21-year moratorium on commercial whaling has been upheld by the International Whaling Commission meeting in the US.
Fri, 01 Jun, 2007
Renewing a five-year bowhead whale quota for Alaska native communities that rely on subsistence whaling is crucial, the International Whaling Commission has been told.
Tue, 29 May, 2007
A Japanese whaling ship has begun moving away from the Antarctic coast under its own power, an official said today – 10 days after fire crippled the vessel and left it stricken near the world’s biggest Adelie penguin rookery.
Sun, 25 Feb, 2007
An anti-whaling group’s boat collided twice with a Japanese whale-spotting vessel in Antarctic waters today, tearing a three-foot gash in the protest ship, the Sea Shepherd conservation group said.
Mon, 12 Feb, 2007
A fleet of six Japanese whalers left port today for their annual hunt in the Antarctic, where they hope to kill 860 whales for a controversial research programme.
Wed, 15 Nov, 2006
ICELAND has broken a global moratorium on commercial whaling, killing an endangered fin whale for the first time since the 1980s.
Tue, 24 Oct, 2006
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