If there’s a will, there’s a way. Taking advantage of the fact that the recent international court ruling only covers whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean, a Japanese whaling fleet left last Saturday to begin it’s hunt in the northern Pacific.
After a send-off ceremony, which was attended by around 100 local officials and crew, the four ships left the port of Ayukawa in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Three coast guard patrol boats accompanied it to provide security. Japan’s whale hunts in the Antarctic have often been met with high-seas clashes as environmentalists protest the hunt. This time, however, no protesters were present. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered a halt to whale hunting in the Southern Ocean, which many thought would force the Japanese to rethink their centuries-old tradition. The Japanese, apparently had a different thought in mind.
The fishing town of Ayukawa relies heavily on whale hunts as its economy continues to trudge on after being struck by the 2011 double disasters. 22-year old whaling crew member Koji Kato described their town’s plight as “still hanging in there.” Many of the town’s residents rely on whale hunting, even while its future is uncertain. Kato added, “People from outside are saying a lot of things, but we want them to understand our perspective as much as possible. For me, whaling is more attractive that any other job.”
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