Chinese commentators have been in a frenzy this week over reports that Japan’s ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has removed a promise to “never to wage war again” from the party’s campaign platform. The LDP, which voted Jan. 19 on the platform, has not confirmed the reports, but a final draft reviewed in early January eliminated the phrase.
Fishermen in Japan began slaughtering hundreds of bottlenose dolphins early on Tuesday morning, campaigners said, despite mounting international calls for the animals to be spared.
Members of the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd who are monitoring the annual cull in Taiji, on Japan’s Pacific coast, said local fishermen had started killing an estimated 250 dolphins just before 7.30am.
The animals were last week corralled in a cove in the town, which drew international attention in 2009 with the release of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.