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GREENPEACE CRITICIZES JAPAN’S WITHDRAWAL FROM IWC



The environmental group Greenpeace says it condemns Japan's decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, and resume commercial whaling.

Executive Director at Greenpeace Japan, Sam Annesley, said in a statement that the government is trying to sneak in the announcement at the end of year, away from the spotlight of international media.

He said that Japan must urgently act to conserve marine ecosystems, rather than restart whaling.

Annesley maintained that most whale populations have not yet been recovered, and said the world's oceans face multiple threats such as acidification and plastic pollution, in addition to overfishing.

He called on Japan, as an ocean nation that's heavily reliant on marine resources, to work toward resolving these problems. (NHK World)

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