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David @ Tokyo

Perspective from Japan on whaling and whale meat, a spot of gourmet news, and monthly updates of whale meat stockpile statistics



Tokyo Marathon 2010

Found out this week that I won the raffle to run in the 2010 Tokyo Marathon.

This is going to keep me busy until March!

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You're completely mad.
Best of luck.
Thanks :)
Hey David, I am researching Japanese whaling issues and would love to ask you a few questions about your blog. Is there a way to contact you? I cannot seem to find an e-mail link.
Southern Ocean- Sea Shepherd’s ship Steve Irwin is ten days at sea after departing Fremantle, Australia, and has had a Japanese tail ship for nine of those days, the Shonan Maru No. 2. This Japanese security ship is reporting the Steve Irwin’s location, preventing them from closing in on the whaling fleet.

Sea Shepherd entered French Antarctic territorial waters after graciously receiving permission from the French Base at Dumont D’Urville in an attempt to lose the tail ship. The Shonan Maru No. 2 followed the Steve Irwin into French waters without permission in illegal pursuit. The French Base confirms that the Japanese ship neither requested nor received permission to enter French waters.

At 1730, the Steve Irwin helicopter flew back to film the Shonan Maru No. 2 in its illegal pursuit. In response, the crew of the Japanese ship activated their Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) at the Sea Shepherd helicopter. LRAD is a military class weapon.

“This was an extremely irresponsible thing to do,” said helicopter pilot Chris Aultman. “That device can cause nausea and disorientation and the use of it against an aircraft is both extremely dangerous and grossly irresponsible.”

The Sea Shepherd helicopter returned to the Steve Irwin for safety from the LRAD, at which point, the Shonan Maru No. 2 increased speed and aimed their water canons in an attempt to destroy the helicopter on the landing pad. This occurred while the crew was attempting to secure the helicopter.

Captain Watson responded by deploying a 150-meter line aft of the vessel to force the Shonan Maru No. 2 to maintain a safe distance. The Sea Shepherd ship is undamaged and the crew safe.

Sea Shepherd has reported the incident to the French authorities. The pursuit continues.

“The situation is now very dangerous,” said Captain Paul Watson. “We have deliberately led the Japanese ship into thick ice in order to lose them in the ice. The ice bergs could easily damage either vessel.”

Both sides are so extreme, I must admit sometimes the whole affair bewilders me.
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You can give me your email if you like.

Please refrain from posting SS propaganda here repetitively.

If you must, just post a link to the SS website. I suggest you may enjoy playing at the SS forum might suit you best.

Thanks in advance.
You don´t like comments about
whale war?
You like propaganda about
the japanese illegal whaling!
Keep running David-then you would not have time to put up with your myopic rantings in support of illegal japanese whaling all over the net.
There are very few reasons why one would not be proud to be aNZ'dr-you are one of them -Glenn Inwood is another.
Thanks for your comment, Dave.

Taken as a compliment.
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