'I hate whale meat,' Japan's PM confides: report
(AFP) � 1 day ago
TOKYO � Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has revealed he dislikes whale
meat, a newspaper reported Saturday, in an unusual confession for the prime
minister of a country that defies Western criticism of whaling.
"I hate whale meat," Hatoyama said during a meeting with his visiting Dutch
counterpart Jan Peter Balkenende on Monday at the prime minister's office,
the Sankei Shimbun reported.
The Netherlands is one of several anti-whaling countries that allows the
radical environmental group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to register a
vessel in the country.
The group's activists have repeatedly harassed Japanese whaling vessels in
Antarctic waters. During the last hunt a Sea Shepherd vessel collided with a
whaling ship, sparking allegations that the group was behaving
Despite Hatoyama's reported dislike of whale meat, however, he urged
Balkenende to take action against the group over its attacks on Japanese
whalers in the Antarctic, government officials said.
Japan hunts whales by using a loophole in the 1986 moratorium on commercial
whaling that allows "lethal research" on the creatures, but makes no secret
of the fact that the meat often ends up on dining tables.
Tokyo often accuses Western critics of insensitivity toward its culture and
Hatoyama's centre-left government, which took office in October, has
deviated little from the pro-whaling policies adopted by the previous
administration, which had traditionally close ties with farmers and
Copyright � 2009 AFP. All rights reserved.
On 10/31/09, drkrishna@... <drkrishna@...> wrote:
> The Sea Shepherd Consevation Society have denied "throwing bottles of
> chemicals" on Japanese whaling crew members, and I believe them. If
> confrontation of these murderous seafaring thugs is the only way to prevent
> them from killing helpless whales, I see no alternative to what the Sea
> Shepherd Society is doing.
> What the Japanese whalers are doing is immoral and let us not confuse
> damaging property with cold blooded murder.
> S. Chinny Krishna