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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 finished

Point Split Lap Time
5km 00:35:41
10km 01:03:22 0:27:41 10:13:22
15km 01:31:09 0:27:47 10:41:09
20km 01:59:08 0:27:59 11:09:08
25km 02:25:48 0:26:40 11:35:48
30km 02:54:15 0:28:27 12:04:15
35km 03:27:50 0:33:35 12:37:50
40km 03:58:48 0:30:58 13:08:48
Finish 04:12:51 0:14:03 13:22:51

Cold, wet weather didn't make for easy running, but got home without any serious injuries.

Here's the info from my Nike+ sportband. As you can see it was slow going at the start (congestion). The big dips in speed are places where I decided to stop for (and sometimes que for) the toilet, and the shallow dips are where I pass the drinks area and went down to walking pace to take it in.

Nike+ sportbands are not 100 percent accurate - of course the real distance was 42.195 kms.




Pre-IWC salvos

Australia has been saying in recent times that it isn't prepared to "write out a blank cheque" with regards to (ostensible) negotiations that have been going on at the IWC.

This is a strange thing to say, since for almost as long as I've been alive it's the nations in favour of sustainable use that are unhappy, and have been threatening to leave the IWC or look at other options if nothing changes.

This press release below suggests that the link between the Australian government's apparent impatience may have more to do with upcoming elections, than a real disatisfaction with the way things stand at the IWC.

Would you ever have thought it!

Australian Anti-Whaling Proposal Criticized

Australian Anti-Whaling Proposal Criticized

A last-ditch proposal by the Government of Australia to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will undermine efforts to reform the organization and is likely to bring about its demise, representatives of a group of nations supporting the legitimate sustainable use and conservation of cetaceans said today.

After two years of careful negotiations, a draft plan aimed at resolving a long-standing impasse that has prevented the IWC from undertaking its role in the conservation and management of the world’s whale stocks was released on Tuesday by the IWC Chairman Cristian Maquieira. The Government of Australia has been an active participant in discussions and negotiations in the formulation of this plan. In fact, Australia’s views have been clearly articulated in the text of the draft plan.

At its meeting, the sustainable use group said that Australia’s rejection of the draft plan and the member nation’s self-serving demands will derail the consensus-building atmosphere being observed by other IWC members.

It is clear that Australia’s proposal will be unacceptable to members of the Commission and may take the IWC back to where opposing positions were firmly entrenched and which all agreed were unacceptable.

It is disappointing that the Government of Australia is prepared to risk destroying the intensive efforts to return the IWC as an effective international decision-making forum for the conservation and management of whales in favor of a proposal that reflects only their narrow domestic election purposes.




A new post about whales

The big Tokyo Marathon day is tomorrow... 42.195kms.

Just had a quick read of the news.

Saw an article talking about Northern Right Whales.

"Only 450 remain", it says.

I've seen this sort of thing many times, over the years, but is "remain" an appropriate word to use?

Whales are born into the world, grow up, reproduce themselves, and die.

Most if not all of the Northern Right Whales that are alive today were not, prior to whaling of their species back in the old ages.

Western media does have a tendency to use such words however, when it would be more appropriate to talk about numbers "being low", rather than "how many remain".

Let's end this one with a little truth from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling:
Recognizing that the whale stocks are susceptible of natural increases if whaling is properly regulated, and that increases in the size of whale stocks will permit increases in the number of whales which may be captured without endangering these natural resources;



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