FROM YOKO ONO LENNON, 20 JANUARY 2014.
Dear Japanese Fishermen of Taiji,
I understand how you must feel about the one-sided-ness of the West to be angry at your traditional capture and slaughter of Dolphins. But that tradition was made only when the world, and Japanese Fishermen did not know what it meant to do harm to the Dolphins. I’m sure you have heard so many speeches in which all of these things have been discussed. So I will not bore you with it.
But I think you should think of this situation from the point-of-view of the big picture. Japan has gone through such hard times lately. And we need the sympathy and help of the rest of the world. It will give an excuse for big countries and their children in China, India and Russia to speak ill of Japan when we should be communicating our strong love for peace, not violence.
I am sure that it is not easy, but please consider the safety of the future of Japan, surrounded by many powerful countries which are always looking for the chance to weaken the power of our country. The future of Japan and its safety depends on many situations, but what you do with Dolphins now can create a very bad relationship with the whole world.
The way you are insisting on a big celebration of killing so many Dolphins and kidnapping some of them to sell to the zoos and restaurants at this very politically sensitive time, will make the children of the world hate the Japanese.
For many, many years and decades we have worked hard to receive true understanding of the Japanese from the world. And, because of our effort, Japan is now respected as a country of good power and ingenuity. This did not happen without our efforts of many decades.
But what we enjoy now, can be destroyed literally in one day. I beg of you to consider our precarious situation after the nuclear disaster (which could very well effect the rest of the world, as well).
Please use political tact and cancel the festival which will be considered by the rest of the world as a sign of Japanese arrogance, ignorance, and love for an act of violence.
Yoko Ono Lennon
20 January 2014
cc Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
Thank you for your e-mail on dolphin hunting in Taiji.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands already tweeted about this issue. (@nlinjapan):
“Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji gave shock to the people in Netherlands.
Kingdom of the Netherlands strongly oppose to Dolphin hunting.
Demand complete prohibition to IWC (International Whaling Commission)”
In spite of the Kingdom of the Netherlands oppose to cruel dolphin hunting, in fact, our action is quite limited.
Dolphin hunting is the domestic activity in Japan, not prohibited by International Whaling Commission.
Kingdom of Netherlands giving high priority to be prohibited the capture of cetacean in various international meeting.
For example, in the meeting of IWC 2010, we argued that small marine mammals should be the subject of IWC.
Kingdom of Belgium moved a resolution for this aim and Kingdom of Netherlands supported. However it couldn’t get a majority and unfortunately rejected.
Also at the cabinet meeting of Japan and Netherlands, we emphasized the oppose to Dolphin hunting. Japanese government already understand our point of view.
We will continue to express our opinion at the future cabinet meeting.
Arjen van den Berg
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Head of the Political Department
Thank you for your email on dolphins in Taiji.
The UK opposes all forms of dolphin and porpoise drives and believes they cause unacceptable levels of suffering. At the recent annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in July, 2011 (IWC63) the UK urged members to support the conservation of small cetaceans.
Under international law it is primarily for individual countries to regulate the management and killing of small cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises) in their own waters, so dolphin hunts such as those in Taiji and Futo are regulated by Japanese domestic not international legislation. However we feel very strongly about the welfare issues raised by these dolphin hunts. In response to previous hunts we have raised our concerns with the Japanese Government and sought assurances that legislation regulating them will be improved and enforced. We also continue to work within the International Whaling Commission to sponsor resolutions that raise the profile of the issue and to encourage the IWC to adopt a strong position in favour of the protection of small cetaceans.
The UK Government has, bilaterally and in the IWC, raised its concern over Japanese dolphin hunts with the Japanese Government and will continue to do so until there is progress through these discussions. The Japanese Government are in no doubt of the strength of feeling in the UK about these hunts and the UK Government will continue to make their opposition to the hunting of small cetaceans known to Japan at every appropriate opportunity and argue that they undermine the credibility of the IWC as an effective organisation for the conservation of cetacean stocks worldwide.
Climate Change and Energy Section
British Embassy Tokyo
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