Kyodo News InternationalFebruary 3, 2014 02:16
The government on Monday criticized a conservation group that has obstructed Japanese vessels engaged in so-called research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.
Tokyo has asked the Dutch government to take steps to prevent a recurrence, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference. The antiwhaling group, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, uses ships registered in the Netherlands, the top government spokesman said.
"It was a very dangerous act and should never be condoned," Suga said, referring to the obstruction.