Avast, Ahab-san!

To my surprise, the Japanese government has backed down and suspended plans to hunt up to 50 humpback whales after extreme protests by the Australian people and government. Chief Japanese government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura said humpbacks would not be part of the annual hunt in the waters around Antarctica.

Its true that Australia expressed quite a strong opinion to Japan on this. As a result, I hope that this will lead to better relations with Australia.

— Nobutaka Machimura
Chief Cabinet Secretary

It may have taken more than just the mentioned protests to convince the Japanese of the error of the ways though. Australia has been dogging Japan – including flying survelliance aircraft – for its plans to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic region. The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd had recently announced plans to dispatch an armed observation ship to track the Japanese whaling fleet and gather evidence for a possible lawsuit at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Never underestimate the power of armed diplomacy!

Related Reading:

Quarterly Essay 38 Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd
When We Were Young & Foolish: A Memoir of My Misguided Youth with Tony Abbot, Bob Car, Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Rudd, and Other Reprobates
Whale Ships and Whaling
A History of Whaling
Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen

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One Response to “Avast, Ahab-san!”

  1. Joe Brown Says:

    Random question: I know you are using wordpress for this blog, but have you tried any other platforms. I am trying to decide for my blog? and I ask because I like yours.

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