Regulatory News

In an interview with the American TV network CNN, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, appealed to the world to understand that the annual fishing village of dolphins in Taiji, western Japan, is part of the culture of the country. This tradition provoked harsh criticism from the U.S. ambassador in Japan, Caroline Kennedy. On Twitter, she described the practice as a "lack of humanity."

The interview with the Prime Minister took place just days after the artist Yoko Ono, widow of Beatle John Lennon, disclosed a letter to Abe and Japanese fishermen on her website. There, Ono states that the annual fishing in Taiji feeds the "hatred" of other countries in relation to Japan and asks that the practice be abolished.

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