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Arbitrary Conservationism of Western Countries

 On March 18th, a proposed trade embargo on Atlantic bluefin tuna was rejected overwhelmingly at a Washington Convention meeting in Doha. Japan's resistance to arbitrary environmental conservation was upheld by mainly developing countries in the MIddle East, Africa and latin America because such a measure discriminates against non-European countries.

 On March 10th, the 27 members of the European Union decided to approve a trade ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna proposed by Monaco last October. The United States, Switzerland, Norway and other European countries which do not belong to the EU expressed their support for the ban. It was thought that Japan would have to bend to public pressure.

 This time, however, Japan's diplomacy was effective because the delegation was headed by the head of the Fisheries Agency, not by the incompetent Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting of the Washington Convention, Japanese representatives protested against the trade embargo. They argued that Atlantic bluefin tuna should be administered under the current framework of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and further argued that it's unfair that the tuna trade would be allowed to continue within the EU even if a trade regime were introduced.

 Opposition to the trade regime was furthered by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister's argument that if a precedent of restrictions were set under the Washington Convention, then trade in other species of fish would eventually be banned, and areas of ocean where bans held sway could spread from the Atlantic Ocean to fishing areas across the globe.

 Fishermen in the EU would be compensated for the ban. For other fishing countries , however, the embargo might lead to severe economic hardship. On 16th, Arabian countries assembled to discuss the embargo proposal. Latin American countries also had a similar meeting.

 On 17th, the day before the vote, Japan held a party, where nearly 300 people of some 50 countries attended. At the same while, an environment group for conservation for maritime creatures held a party, but only some European countries and the U.S. attended.

 On 18th, the trade ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna was rejected by a wide margin. The EU plan was rejected by a vote of 72 to 43, and the Monaco plan was rejected by a vote of 68 to 20. And, the Dutch Secretary of the Washington Convention Office who supported the embargo will resign on May 1st.

 Environment groups are planning to organize a Atlantic tuna. I'm all for it! Since tuna in Atlantic Ocean were decimated by European countries' reckless fishing, Europeans should refrain from eating them.

 We should not permit protectionist measures by any country even if the intention were good. Ar the same time, however, fishing countries must prudently administer marine resources. The Japanese fishing industry is already running some 70 tuna farms, of which production amounts to 10,000 tons, namely, one quarter of Japan's domestic demand. We must take fair and effective measures against lurking food crises.


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  • 2018.11.18 Sunday
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