Published on February 3rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Greenpeace: Re-Open Whale Meat Embezzlement Investigation

February 3rd, 2011 by

Following the Japanese governments admission and apology for embezzlement related to Japan’s whaling policy and industry (whaling officials finally acknowledged accepting whale meat ‘gifts’ from the company conducting whale hunts, Kyodo Senpaku), Greenpeace is urging the initiation of an official investigation into this matter.

As the ailing and fraudulent ‘scientific’ Japanese whaling fleet conducts a greatly reduced hunt in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) has been forced to apologise for the misconduct of five officials who accepted gifts of whale meat totalling approximately US$3,000. A further two key officials – including the FAJ’s second in command and prominent IWC negotiator, Jun Yamashita – were handed warnings, as they were ultimately responsible for the actions of their staff.

The FAJ’s apology and subsequent quiet admission(2) of official impropriety is the first time the Japanese authorities have acknowledged the corruption exposed in 2008 by Greenpeace’s Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, also known as the Tokyo Two.

Read more here: Greenpeace Urges Re-Opening of Whale Meat Embezzlement Investigation Following Japanese Government Apology.

Related Story: Greenpeace Blocks Ship with Endangered Fin Whale Meat Going to Japan

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