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Japan: Whaling

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many discussions he has had with the Japanese ambassador on Japan's annual whaling hunt.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

This Government support the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling because we believe strongly that the annual whaling hunt involves unacceptable cruelty. Although the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right hon. Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has not had the opportunity to raise this issue with the current ambassador of Japan, both he and I raised it during our visits to Japan late last year. Ministers and senior officials will continue to convey our concerns with the Japanese Government when suitable opportunities arise.

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