Both stressed Tokyo has not yet changed its whaling policy but Japan threatened to pull out of the IWC in September when the commission rejected its bid to return to commercial whaling.
"There are fishermen in Japan making their living by whaling and we can't simply end it", one of the officials said.
At September's IWC meeting in Florianópolis, Brazil, anti-whaling nations led by Australia, the European Union and the USA voted down a Japanese proposal to change the decision-making process - a move that would have made it easier for Japan to secure enough votes to end the commercial whaling ban.
Japan can not continue research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean if it pulls out of the IWC.
If withdrawing, Japan has to notify IWC by January 1, according to Kyodo News.
Supporters of whaling say that it is a Japanese tradition and that foreign critics who consume farmed and hunted animals are hypocrites. It is extremely rare for Japan to withdraw from an global organization.
Its rationale could be also questioned as it is a member of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea that calls for the use and conservation of marine resources via worldwide organizations.
Interested in Japan? Add Japan as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Japan news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Australian Environment Minister Melissa Price said her government is aware of Japan's plans to withdraw from the IWC but would "strongly prefer" that it remains a member.
1994 - Japan launches research whaling in the Northwest Pacific.
Japan has long towed the line with the IWC, which was established in 1948.
Japan has previously threatened to quit the IWC, arguing that the moratorium was supposed to be a temporary measure and accusing the IWC of abandoning its original goal - managing the sustainable use of global whale stocks. For instance, Norway and Iceland use technical objections to get around the ban, and Japan historically has claimed it was hunting whales for scientific purposes, The Guardian reported. It is this exception that allows Japan's whaling fleet to embark on its yearly hunt in the icy waters of Antarctica.
1988 - Japan halts commercial whaling.
Moreover, in 2014, the United Nations' International Court of Justice ordered that Japan stop its annual hunts in the Antarctic Ocean, because these hunts were clearly not for scientific purposes but rather for dinner menus.
Despite Bryce Harper arguably being the biggest name on the free-agent market this offseason, he's been scarcely talked about. In 125 games last season, Puig hit 23 home runs with a slash line of.267/.327/.494.
This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day. Crowds selected by lottery wait for a chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb.
Now, Apple has responded to these claims, admitting that some devices are indeed bent, but saying this isn't considered a defect. Sure, they aren't as bent as you can get them by mistakenly sitting on top of them, but they do come crooked out of the factory.
The House has adjourned without a deal on spending, virtually guaranteeing a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday. On the home front, special counsel Robert Mueller and investigators in NY have secured convictions of several of Mr.
Much to the relief of business, a cap on the number of highly skilled migrants allowed to enter on Tier 2 visas will be scrapped. If Britain and the European Union can agree divorce terms, they would come into play following the transition period.
Two Scandinavian backpackers were hacked to death and one beheaded in what is believed to have been a terrorist attack in Morocco. Investigators released profiles of the three fugitives late on Wednesday as they launched an intensified manhunt.
Several salient technical indicators of Walgreens Boots Alliance are now starting to make their way into the trading conversation. Meanwhile, during the past six months of trading, this stock has improved to 7.78%, along with a full-year performance of 1.02%.
The June 28 shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom is the most deadly mass shooting with journalist deaths in the U.S.to date. The other honorees were reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed in Myanmar, and Maria Ressa, held in the Philippines.
Take Steps to Stop Teen E-Cig Use — Surgeon General
Health professionals should ask about e-cigarettes when screening patients for tobacco use, the advisory said. For young people "nicotine is risky and it can have negative health effects", he told the Associated Press .