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Vol 3 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2010

A whale's tale

Tokyo has been caught trying to bribe African countries to gain support in its quest to overturn an international ban on commercial whaling

National pride comes before a fall. Reports that Tokyo has routinely bribed at least six African countries to vote in support of its whaling policy have embarrassed the Japanese government. This follows the 21-25 June meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Agadir, Morrocco, which ended in deadlock, thus allowing the hunting of the endangered species to continue.

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