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.