Regulatory News

Prohibited from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean by a decision of The Hague Tribunal, the supreme judicial body of the United Nations, Japan imported 2000 tons of frozen whale meat from Iceland. The purchase of the load, which landed in the port city of Osaka, is regarded by the environmental group Greenpeace as a challenge to the order of justice and public opinion.

According Junichi Sato, Greenpeace member of the Japanese branch, the imported volume represents two thirds of the annual consumption of whale meat in Japan. Iceland, where the habit of eating whale meat is not as widespread, and Norway are the only two countries that openly challenge the moratorium on the sale of whale meat imposed in 1986.

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