Japan whaling bribery claims of prostitutes and better aid reported ‘common knowledge’

A conservation activist says an investigation into claims that Japan bribes small nations for their support on whaling is confirmation of what has been common knowledge for a long time.

Two reporters from Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper posed as the lobbyists of a fictional Swiss billionaire and set out to buy votes at next week’s International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting.

Six countries told the reporters they were willing to consider their offer, but the reporters were told they would need to better the aid the countries are already getting from the Japanese.

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Japan proposes to cut minke whale catch quota in Antarctic Sea

Japan has proposed catching up to 440 southern minke whales for what it calls research purposes in the Antarctic Ocean, down from 935 at present, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. Japan made the proposal to an informal meeting of representatives from a small group of International Whaling Commission members before the IWC’s annual assembly in June.

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