academic environmental studies   macalester college
Environmental Studies

Japan's Whaling Problem

Introduction
History

    2007

Why is Japan continuing JARPA?

    History

    Research

    Economics

    Diverting Attention

    Japanese Pride

Backlash

    The US

    Australia

    Australian Citizens

    Japanese Citizens

   Sea Shepherd

Conclusion

What You Can Do to Help

 

References & Links


Comments & questions to:
ttran@macalester.edu


Japan's Whaling Problem

What you can do to help

Your help is crucial to stopping the illegal hunts! Governmental pressures from other nations and even international actions to stop the hunts have failed; the issue is now left up to citizen action. There are many ways to get involved and make your voice heard in this controversy! 

Environmental Groups

Already organizations such as the sea shepherd conservation society have taken drastic actions to curb the illegal whaling. Ships operated by the Society have harassed the Japanese whalers on the high seas and have distracted them from whaling. If borderline criminal activities are not your idea of getting involved, you could always donate to the cause of the society. The Society is always in need of additional funding. Get involved with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society here.

If you disagree with the vigilante behind the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society but would still like to get involved through an organization, there is the option of getting involved with its big sister, Greenpeace. The Greenpeace organization organizes peaceful efforts in order to spread its message. Greenpeace ships have also haltered Japanese whalers but not in an overly aggressive manner like the Sea Shepherd. You can also aid Greenpeace’s efforts by donating. Get involved with Greenpeace here. Furthermore, you can voice your opinions in Greenpeace’s whaling forums here.

Write Letters

The most effective method is to write directly to the government of Japan because only the Japanese government has the power to permanently stop JARPA. Let them know your feelings as a concerned citizen of your particular country and the world. To make your letter more effective, make sure to include facts mentioned in this website, such as the large national and international backlash against JARPA and the Japanese government.

Some letter writing tips taken from the Sea Shepherd’s website:

Letter-writing tips:

  • Write legibly. Handwritten letters are good/effective, but they must be readable.
  • Include a return address at the top of your letter.
  • The first sentence of your letter should state exactly what you want.
  • If you are within the politician's constituency area, mention this.
  • Keep the focus of your letter on one issue (stopping the killing of whales).
  • If you can, personalize the letter to show the depth of your concern.
  • Be courteous, but to the point.
  • Be clear, stating exactly what is wanted from the politician.
  • Ask for a written response that states their position on the issue.
  • Add a thank-you for his/her time and/or efforts on the issue.
  • Keep the letter to one page.
  • Letters sent by snail mail are the most effective as politicians are inundated with e-mails, but feel free to contact them by whatever method you can

 

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
1-6-1 Nagata-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8968 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-5253-2111
E-mail form: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment.html
E-mail: Kanteihp-info@cas.go.jp
Public Relations Fax: +81-3-3581-3883

Minister of Fisheries
1-2-1 Ksumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8907 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3502-8111
Fax: +81-3-3502-0794
E-mail form: http://www.voice.maff.go.jp/maff-interactive/people/ShowWebFormAction.do?FORM_NO=5

Website: www.maff.go.jp./eindex.html

Be Creative

There are many other ways that you can get involved with this issue. Help spread awareness in your own way!

The illegal whaling has been occurring for far too long, it is now time for citizen action.

Yours sincerely,

Tue Tran


Sea Shepherd activists

picture:Sea Shepherd activists throwing bottles of butyric acid onto the Japanese whalers.

Greenpeace activists

picture: Greenpeace activists pull up next to Japanese whalers holding anti-whaling signs.



Last updated:  5/7/2008

 


Macalester College 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105  USA  651-696-6000
Comments and questions to username@macalester.edu