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Japan, as a country putting great importance on the sustainable use of marine resources including Cetaceans, acceded to the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling(ICRW) in 1951. For over 30 years, Japan has made constructive efforts to promote the governance of the management of whale resources in accordance with the objects and purposes of the ICRW, namely 'to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry'. Nevertheless, although scientific evidence have confirmed that certain whale species/stocks of whales are abundant, those Member States that focus exclusively on the protection of whales, while... Full story

12 January