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Thursday, 17th June 2010
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Japan to avoid whaling meeting

A Japanese minister has blamed a foot-and-mouth outbreak for his not attending a meeting on whaling.

Masahiko Yamada had been due to go to an International Whaling Commission (IWC) event on June 21 but has decided to stay back due to the crisis on cattle farms.

He said that a replacement delegate would attend, the Straits Times reported.

The IWC has drawn up proposals under which Japan would cut down on its whaling figures in the ten years to come, along with Norway and Iceland.

Japan culled only about half its annual Antarctic target of whales recently due to action by conservation activists.

An activist from New Zealand is facing the prospect of prison after being accused of throwing a stink bomb at a whaler on board a boat.

Peter Bethune is said to have caused the whaler to suffer chemical burns.
Japanese prosecuters want him to be imprisoned for two years.

Written by Mark Smith.