A minke whale is lifted from a ship at Kushiro port, Hokkaido. Japan has announced it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and resuming commercial whaling. Photo: EPA A minke whale is lifted from a ship at Kushiro port, Hokkaido. Japan has announced it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and resuming commercial whaling. Photo: EPA
A minke whale is lifted from a ship at Kushiro port, Hokkaido. Japan has announced it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and resuming commercial whaling. Photo: EPA
Jeff Kingston
Opinion

Opinion

Jeff Kingston

How Japan’s return to commercial whaling could actually kill the industry and save whales

  • Jeff Kingston says Japan’s defiance of an international ban on commercial whaling could yield positive results. Tokyo can raise a nationalist banner over its exit from the agreement, but also pull the plug on a heavily subsidised industry

A minke whale is lifted from a ship at Kushiro port, Hokkaido. Japan has announced it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and resuming commercial whaling. Photo: EPA A minke whale is lifted from a ship at Kushiro port, Hokkaido. Japan has announced it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and resuming commercial whaling. Photo: EPA
A minke whale is lifted from a ship at Kushiro port, Hokkaido. Japan has announced it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and resuming commercial whaling. Photo: EPA
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Jeff Kingston

Jeff Kingston

Jeff Kingston is director of Asian Studies at Temple University, Japan. Most recently, he co-edited "Japan’s Foreign Relations with Asia" (2018) and edited "Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan" (2017). His latest monograph is "Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945".