CNN reports that Japan will meet with several International Whaling Commission members on Monday, preempting the meeting of the Commission by 3 days:
” Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the nation’s fisheries agency will make their case to officials from Angola, Eritrea, Congo, Guinea, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Palau, Micronesia, Cambodia, Laos and Vanuatu, ministry spokeswoman Eri Okabe told CNN. Several of the countries are new to the 78-member whaling commission.
Two months ago, Japan “temporarily halted” its plan for a humpback whale hunt in the seas near Antarctica as what it said was a gesture to enhance the dialogue at the International Whaling Commission, which remains torn over whaling.
Japan, which says it is conducting the hunt as part of scientific research, believes the practice is environmentally and scientifically sound. The country’s annual hunt kills up to 1,000 whales a year — the fisheries agency insists it wants “sustainable whaling.””
Given the history of Japan’s whaling program, I am inclined to agree with Greenpeace that Japan is “wining and dining its way to win votes”. Several of these countries can benefit from negotiations with Japan as they are in the same neighborhood. The african countries I’m sure are interested in increased trade relations. I have no evidence to back it up, but I would make those predictions.