US, Japan aides
reach no deal in whaling dispute
USA: July 11, 2001
WASHINGTON - U.S. and Japanese officials meeting here this week
failed to reach an
agreement on ending a dispute over Japan's whaling practices, but
the two sides will try again before the start of an International
Whaling Commission meeting later this month, a Japanese Embassy
Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tsutomu
Takebe met with top Bush
administration trade and agriculture officials. Among items on
their agenda was the whaling dispute, which has strained
Last September, the Clinton administration suspended Japan's
access to fishing rights in
U.S. waters after Japan expanded its whaling practices to include
species protected by U.S. law. The Bush administration in recent
months also has been critical of Japan.
"We agreed that we hold different views on whaling issues,"
said a Japanese Embassy official, following a day of meetings
between Takebe and U.S. officials, including Commerce Secretary
Don Evans, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and U.S. Trade
Representative Robert Zoellick.
But the embassy official added that U.S. and Japanese officials
would try again to resolve
their dispute before an International Whaling Commission meeting
in London later this month.
Japan maintains its whaling practices are being carried out for
scientific research purposes. But groups opposing the whaling have
argued that some of the whale meat ends up being used by Japan's
With the two countries continuing to joust over whaling, some
members of the U.S. Congress are calling on the Bush
administration to put more pressure on Japan to end
its practices. Public opinion polls have indicated overwhelming
U.S. sentiment against
Japanese and Norwegian whaling.
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE