J. Today Final Review

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Japan Today Review for Final Whaling one issue that portrays Japan in the most negative light in the international community Japan pays a huge price in terms of international reputation for a practice that only a small population desire “Wars” on commercial whaling that has done significant damage to Japan’s international standing while alienating some of its closest allies. Banned since 1986 due to many whale species being on the brink of extinction from overhunting, yet Japan continues with it by hiding behind the excuse from the IWC of it being for “scientific research”. International Whaling Commission (IWC): annual meetings have become increasingly adversarial as advocates and opponents of whaling find little common ground for compromise Japan’s image is further battered by allegations that it is essentially buying votes in the 85-member IWC via aid programs to island nations in the south pacific and caibbean. Curiously, landlocked Mali, Laos & Mongolia are members of the IWC for reasons that are not obvious, but they vote with Japan the “RESEARCH” has thus far resulted in the publication of a few papers in peer- reviewed, internationally recognized academic journals, fanning suspicions that it is only a figleaf for securing whale meat DNA samples indicate that some of the whale meat that ends up on supermarket shelves around the country is mislabeled to obscure the fact that it comes from some of the most endangered species that Japan claims not to be hunting important to keep in mind that pro-whaling lobby in japan does not represent a consensus view among Japanese-many prefer to watch whales rather than eat them Pro-whalers say that it is a symbol of traditional japanese identity and a culinary pillar- FALSE, this is not the case, was traditionally confined to coastal whaling Health ministry & scientists report: whale consumption is very dangerous to our health- extremely high concentrations of toxic chemicals in whale meat and pregnant women should not even eat any at all! Nuclear Follies Series of nuclear accidents over the past two decades that raise concerns in a earthquake-prone nation with ambitious nuclear power plans. Public concerns with the safety of nuclear power contrast with official insistence that the nation’s facilities are both safe and necessary. Polls consistently reveal that 70-75% of the Japanese have misgivings about nuclear power and fear that serious accidents might happen.
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Japan currently operates 55 nuclear power plants, up from 32 in 1987, that supplies 35% of its electricity needs.
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