Whaling in Japan

It's been more than twelve years since the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling. The ban has allowed some species of whales - once near the brink of extinction - to recover. Japan is one of the world's most active whaling nations. Now, the Japanese are pushing to have certain species of whales taken off the endangered list. Japanese officials will make their case at an international conference in Nairobi in April, because, they say, the whaling ban is eroding a way of life. From Abashiri Japan, NPR's Eric Weiner reports.

Copyright © 2000 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

Copyright © 2000 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.