GlobeTracker| Just as Israel declares that it will continue building settlements, no matter what the international community says, Japan has already told the international conference in Doha, a 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, that it doesn’t give a damn if they ban tuna or not.
Japan, who currently consumes 80% of the world’s tuna, will eat it, until it’s extinct. Besides, Japan argues, the tuna isn’t half as endangered as researchers say.
Monaco — the sponsor of the proposed ban on the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna — says numbers have fallen by nearly 75 percent since 1957.
The threat of a ban has some Japanese warning their culture is under siege. Sushi is an iconic dish in Japan, where fatty bluefin — called “o-toro” in Japan — sells for as much as 2,000 yen ($20) a piece in high-end Tokyo restaurants.
The topic is also economic. Japan may east most of the tuna and dolphin in the world, but the citizens of other countries make a living catching tuna for the Japanese. Jobs are involved as well. Read on Bluefin tops CITES conference agenda in Doha. via AP
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