Monday, January 20, 2014

Japan to seek US understanding for dolphin hunting

Japan plans to seek the understanding of the United States about traditional dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga gave the government's response on Monday to a Twitter message from US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.

Kennedy wrote in English and Japanese on Saturday that the US government opposes drive hunt dolphin killing and is deeply concerned about its inhumanness.

Suga told reporters that dolphins and other sea mammals are important marine resources and that the government thinks they should be used in a sustainable way, based on scientific evidence.

He said dolphin hunting is one of Japan's traditional ways of fishing, and he understands that it is conducted appropriately.

Suga also said dolphins are not covered in International Whaling Commission regulations, and that each country is in charge of managing the mammals in its own seas.

Dolphin hunting in Taiji was critically portrayed in "The Cove," a US documentary that won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010.