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Japan plans to withdraw from IWC
    2018-12-25  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in a bid to resume commercial whaling, Kyodo News reported last week, citing government sources.

Japan’s withdrawal from the IWC is planned for 2019 and will be announced by the end of this year, according to the report. Kyodo quoted unnamed government sources as saying Japan would abandon its controversial, and expensive, expeditions to the Southern Ocean and instead permit whaling fleets to operate in its coastal waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

A fisheries agency official denied the report, however, insisting no decision had been taken on whether to withdraw from the IWC, which banned commercial whaling in 1986.

“Japan’s official position, that we want to resume commercial whaling as soon as possible, has not changed,” the official told the Guardian. “But reports that we will leave the IWC are incorrect.”

Australia’s environment minister, Melissa Price, said it remained opposed to “all forms of commercial and so-called ‘scientific whaling,’” adding, “While we would strongly prefer Japan to remain a party to the convention and a member of the commission, the decision to withdraw is a matter for Japan.”

Agence France-Presse quoted an official as saying the agency was “considering all options,” including the possible withdrawal from the 89-member commission. A foreign ministry official confirmed “all options are on the table but nothing formal has been decided yet.”

Darren Kindleysides, chief executive of the Australian Marine Conservation Society, said, “Leaving the IWC would set a very dangerous precedent for other international treaties and conventions.”

“The IWC has become the driving force for global whale conservation efforts in the 21st century. If Japan is serious about the future of the world’s whales, they would not leave the IWC.”

Japan has previously threatened to quit the IWC, arguing that the moratorium was supposed to be a temporary measure and accusing the IWC of abandoning its original purpose — managing the sustainable use of global whale stocks.

Words to Learn 相关词汇

【先例】xiān lì precedent any act, decision, or case that serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations

【暂停】zàntíng moratorium a suspension of activity

据日本共同社上周报道,日本政府相关消息人士透露,日本将退出国际捕鲸委员会,以重启商业捕鲸。

报道称,日本将在明年退出国际捕鲸委员会,这一决定将在年底公布。日本共同社援引政府消息人士的话说,日本将放弃在南极海域开展的颇具争议且费用高昂的捕鲸,而是允许捕鲸船在日本附近海域和专属经济区进行商业捕鲸。

但日本渔业部门的一位官员否认了这一报道,坚称还没有最终决定是否退出国际捕鲸委员会。国际捕鲸委员会从1986年开始禁止商业捕鲸。

这位官员告诉《卫报》说:“日本想要尽快恢复商业捕鲸这一官方立场没有改变。但有报道说我们将退出国际捕鲸委员会是不正确的。”

澳大利亚环境部长梅丽莎•普莱斯说,澳大利亚仍然反对“所有形式的商业捕鲸,或所谓的‘科研捕鲸’”。她补充说:“尽管我们强烈支持日本留在国际捕鲸委员会,但是否退出是日本自己的决定。”

法新社援引日本一位官员的话说,渔业部门正在“考虑各种选择”,包括可能退出有89名成员的国际捕鲸委员会。日本外务省一位官员确认说:“我们正讨论所有的选择,但还没有正式决定。”

二战后日本几乎没有退出国际组织的先例,上述举措实属罕见。遭到国际社会轻视规则的指责将在所难免。

澳大利亚海洋保护协会首席执行官达伦•金德利塞兹说:“日本退出国际鲸鱼委员会会给其他国际条约或公约开一个非常危险的先例。”

他说:“国际鲸鱼委员会已经成为21世纪全球鲸鱼保护的一股重要力量。如果日本认真考虑全球鲸鱼的未来的话,就不会退出委员会。”

日本之前就曾威胁退出国际捕鲸委员会,辩称暂停捕鲸只是一种临时措施,并指责国际捕鲸委员会已经背离了初衷,即管理全球鲸鱼资源的可持续利用。

(Chinadaily.com.cn)

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