Japan Uses Cash, Call Girls To Get Whaling Ban Lifted

For 24 years, the International Whaling Commission has maintained a ban on commercial whaling. Japan has long been an opponent of the ban, but traditional forms of lobbying and arm-twisting has not brought Japan the votes needed to overturn the ban.

That has led the Japanese to resort to the age-old persuasions of money, women, travel and foreign aid.

Although they deny it, Japanese officials are reported to have plied poor African and small Caribbean and Pacific Island states with a wide range of favors so that they will vote Japan’s way on the next IWC vote.

Japan gave a fishery minister from Guinea $1,000 a day while he attended an IWC conference. Ministers from other countries have been given free trips to Japan and the services of call girls.

So far, Japan’s new tactics appear to have brought Guinea, St Kitts and Nevis, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Grenada, Ivory Coast, Tuvalu, Mali and Tanzania to support Japan’s proposal that an annual quota be set for whale catches.

However, nothing beats the words of Mali’s representative who, using the distorted data from the Institute of Cetacean Research’s and Japan Fisheries Agency’s propaganda, claimed that whales were eating Mali’s fish.

Mali is a land-locked country.

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