Japan believes that IWC has abandoned its primary purpose of managing whale stocks to become focused on its conservation.
The country’s most recent appeal to resume commercial whaling was turned down by the IWC in September this year. This is not the first time that Japan has threatened to quit the IWC, claiming that the whaling ban was imposed as a temporary measure to manage the sustainability of whale stocks.
Japanese officials claim that their plan was to set up a committee that will set limits on whale hunts for sustainable whaling. They also note that certain whale populations, such as minke, have replenished enough to resume commercial hunting.