While I love Japan, the Japanese people and Japanese arts, technology and culture, I abhor Japan's (and Iceland's) whaling policy…

Iceland's 'scientific whaling' programme, like Japan's, is merely commercial whaling in disguise.
Commercial whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1982, but a loophole allows the killing of whales for research purposes. Iceland plans to sell the products of its 'research' to Japan, where whale meat generates four billion yen in sales annually.

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View or download a printable diagram showing the principal Japanese historical periods. (This diagram is not really suitable for viewing on-screen.) Diagram updated 27 January 2006 to improve text quality.

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This page last updated: 3 May, 2010 17:09