The Abe administration has called for the end of the whaling ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986. Instead, the government has proposed its “Way Forward” initiative, hoping to gain the support of other pro-whaling nations. A meeting taking place in Brazil this week will be discussing this topic with member states.
Yoshimoto Kogyo and Dentsu are collaborating with the United Nations on a joint mission to raise awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Japan.
This week Japan will be extending its support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA)—an act which goes against the foreign policy of the Trump administration.
Two Director-Generals of the Fisheries Agency from 2011 and 2012, Masanori Sato and Kazuyoshi Honkawa, have been accused of taking funds from the victims of the 2011 tsunami and distributing them to the whaling industry. This is the contention of Ren Yabuki, the Director of the NGO Life Investigation Agency, and he has now launched a lawsuit against these officials.
Over the past year, developers have been working in northeastern Japan to create and test drones that can aid farmers in their tasks of working the fields. These drones are able to hover above the ground and distribute pesticides to the rice fields, making the job more efficient.
The Technical Intern Training Program has received a considerable amount of criticism, both nationally and internationally, from those who argue that it violates human rights.
This week Muslims across Japan celebrated the Islamic festival of Eid ul Adha which brought together people from many different ethnic groups. Near mosques, young children could be seen running around with their families, and friends enjoyed the occasion.