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Japan big winner at UN conservation meeting

DOHA, Qatar - (AP) The Japanese seemed to be everywhere at the U.N. wildlife trade meeting. Dozens of government officials worked the floor the past two weeks ahead of key votes, offering guidance to confused but supportive delegates. They held a reception for select representatives at their embassy...

US wants quick start to beef talks with Japan

TOKYO - (AP) U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pressed Japan on Friday for quick action in planned talks on easing access to its beef market, saying he would put together a negotiating team as soon as he gets home to Washington. Vilsack agreed Thursday with this Japanese counterpart, Hirotaka...

Japan says it can compromise on whale catch quota

TOKYO - (APINTL) Japan is willing to reduce its whale catch quota for the country's annual research hunts if it can resume commercial whaling along its coasts, a fisheries official said Wednesday. Japan has been pushing for an end to the ban on such commercial hunts imposed by the International...

Commission proposes limited commercial whale hunts

TOKYO - (AP) The International Whaling Commission has proposed allowing whales to be hunted under strict quotas, bringing the world a step closer to the first legal commercial whaling in nearly 25 years. The proposal, released late Thursday, would allow Japan, Norway and Iceland which hunt whales...

SKorea, China, Japan trade chiefs praise FTA study

SEOUL South Korea - (APINTL) Trade ministers from China, Japan and South Korea on Sunday praised efforts to explore a potential joint free trade deal to boost commerce among three of Asia's biggest economies. South Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon, Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and...

Australia to take Japan to court over whaling

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia has announced it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice in a bid to prevent it whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Attorney-General Robert McClelland say it underlines the government's "commitment to bring...

Australia sues Japan over controversial whaling

TOKYO - (AP) Japan said Tuesday it would staunchly defend its research hunt that kills hundreds of whales per year, a day after Australia filed an international lawsuit arguing that the cull does not qualify for a scientific exemption to a 1986 ban. Australia Japan's major trading partner filed...

Japan may quit whaling commission if ban stays put

TOKYO - (AP) Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission if no progress is made toward easing an international ban on commercial whaling, its fisheries minister said Tuesday. The IWC the international body that regulates whaling will gather for its annual meeting next...

Future of commercial whaling ban rests with Japan

TOKYO - (AP) Nations will next week consider whether to sanction commercial whale hunts for the first time in a quarter-century, a compromise to coax Japan into ending an annual cull of hundreds of the sea mammals in a sanctuary in the Antarctic. The broader goal at the International Whaling Commission...

Japan shows 'The Cove' after delay from protests

TOKYO - (AP) "The Cove," an Oscar-winning film about a Japanese dolphin-hunting village, opened Saturday around Japan after protests by angry nationalists pressured theaters to cancel earlier showings. Some of the six small cinemas sold out their initial shows and others were mostly empty...