NZ JUDGE ADDED IN WHALING CASE AGAINST JAPAN; REPORT SHOWS WHALING UNPROFITABLE
The Japanese government said that it is concerned about its likelihood of obtaining a fair hearing from a case brought against it by Australia, saying that "serious anomalies" have arisen from the admission of New Zealand as an intervenor in the case on Australia's side. Australia has taken Japan to the International Court of Justice over its Antarctic whaling hunt, saying that its so-called scientific whaling breaches a moratorium on commercial whaling. The tribunal's rules prevent the ad-hoc appointment of a judge when two or more parties have the same interest, but the court unanimously approved New Zealand's intervention, saying it was not a full party to the proceedings. Earlier this month, a wildlife group announced that Japan has been subsidizing its whaling industry with nearly $400 million each year, calling into question assertions that whaling has wide support among Japanese consumers. Instead, the report portrayed a struggling industry employing less than 1,000 people that depends on public money, including money meant for rebuilding after the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. For the full story, see http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whale-watch/japan-worried-about-fair-hearing-in-whaling-case-20130214-2efco.html. For the story on subsidies, see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/world/asia/japan-spends-heavily-to-keep-whaling-industry-afloat-report-says.html?ref=earth.