08 Dec '11, 4am

Japanese groups criticise use of tsunami relief funds for whaling fleet

TOKYO - Japanese environmental and consumer groups have criticised the government's decision to use tsunami recovery funds for its whaling fleet. According to campaigners, Tokyo has used about ¥2.28 billion (S$37.6 million) from funds allocated for recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami - on top of its existing ¥466 million annual subsidy - to pay for this year's hunt. The Fisheries Agency said the use of the fund was justified because one of the towns destroyed by the tsunami was Shimonoseki, a whaling port in south-western Japan. Reports said several Japanese groups had written a letter to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda protesting against the "waste" of recovery funds on the whaling programme. "It is clear that the Japanese government's stated goal of resuming commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean is unachievable. The whaling programme cannot survive without...

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