holding answer given
Japan plans to kill 935 minke and 50 fin whales in the Antarctic this season under its "scientific" research programme (known as JARPA II). Agreed estimates from the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee for both species are too old and uncertain to be relied upon. While it seems unlikely that Japan's activities will put the survival of either species at serious risk, we note that fin whales are listed as "Endangered" on the World Conservation Union Red List of threatened species. Hunting this species may therefore put at risk the survival of small localised populations frequenting the Antarctic and South Pacific.
When I called in the Japanese Deputy Ambassador on