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Japan Bribes Countries So They Can Continue Whaling
June 13, 2010
The Sunday Times of Great Britain reports Japan is using bribes in the form of economic aid, cash, and even prostitutes to influence small countries to vote in favor of lifting a ban on commercial whaling that has been in place for the last 28 years.
The Times reports it has film of officials from various governments admitting that Japan offered financial aid in exchange for a pro-whaling vote on the International Whaling Commission.
Japan bribed small nations with cash, call girls to get whaling vote
Britain’s Sunday Times reported in its online edition that Japan had bribed small nations with cash and prostitutes to gain their support for the mass slaughter of whales.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) commissioner for Tanzania said “call girls” were made available at the hotels for ministers and senior fisheries civil servants during all-expenses paid trips to Japan, the paper reported.
The Sunday Times’ investigation revealed that officials from six countries were willing to consider selling their votes on the IWC. According to the report, the governments of St Kitts and Nevis, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Grenada, Republic of Guinea and Ivory Coast negotiated selling their votes in return for aid. One official said that call girls were offered when fisheries ministers and civil servants visited Japan for meetings.
A top fisheries official for Guinea said Japan usually gave his minister a
“minimum” of $1,000 a day spending money in cash during IWC and other fisheries
meetings, the paper reported.