Japan Cancels Whale Hunt Over “Regrettable” Attack



Eco-terrorist band Sea Shepherd’s harassment of Japan’s “scientific” whaling activity has paid off – the Japanese government has cancelled the hunt, being too gutless to do anything about their attacks.

Sea Shepherd’s latest attacks differed little from their previous efforts – their replacement vessel “Gojira” fouled the propellers of the whalers and bombarded it with various projectiles.

The Japanese ship was immobilised in Antarctic waters and subsequently sent out an SOS, which was unsurprisingly ignored by Sea Shepherd.

The whalers subsequently limped home, their hunt cancelled, and as ever the Japanese government weakly denounced the incident as “regrettable” but did nothing – the Japanese foreign minister had this to say:

“We cannot forgive this dangerous and illegal intimidation of our perfectly legal survey activities, which endangered the lives of the crew, our property and the ship. It is exceedingly regrettable.”

He threatened to consider cooperating with other nations to prevent any future obstructions, but stopped short of actually taking any action.

Sea Shepherd for its part announced it was “delighted” the Japanese ran away and vowed it will continue attacking their ships until they stop their foreign ways.

As the only likely means of stopping Sea Shepherd’s attacks would involve a Japanese ship intercepting their vessel and arresting them for criminal activity on the high seas, it seems singularly unlikely that anything will be done.

Critics of the administration can’t help but notice a “regrettable” pattern developing in Japan’s international relations.

In the case of a Chinese fishing vessel ramming the Japanese coast guard, China suspending certain exports and kidnapping Japanese nationals, Russia announcing it will be basing a small invasion fleet in the disputed Kuriles and now Sea Shepherd hounding a Japanese ship from international waters, the response in each case has been to call the events “regrettable” and do absolutely nothing.

Under such circumstances even Japan’s crazy rightists might concede it wise to give up whaling altogether, if only to prevent further humiliation and thus invite even more efforts to wring concessions out of Japan’s unbelievably supine government.

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    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Minako
    03:11 19/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Boat's fucking nice, indeed...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Looks like a freaking spaceship. I want one (that flies.)

    Comment by Dark Mage
    15:16 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It really is a nice boat it looks like a fucking white star off B5.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    If battle ships were designed like that :O

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    then they wouldn't be battleships. those things were designed for speed, not durability; kinda like humvees vs. tanks

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    Comment by Rakshasa
    14:21 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you want an example of high-speed military ship based on those principles, check out the Norwegian Skjold class missile boat;


    That thing goes 2.5 times as fast as what the batman thing Sea Shepard has...

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    Comment by ItsDemo
    13:02 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's just so wrong. a cool looking boat but inside is just gay and fail.

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    Comment by Majineko
    08:28 19/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    samurai intimidation method, i like.

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    14:13 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool and fast.
    looks badass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that ship looks totally badass. no wonder whaler don't want to fight it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a REALLY nice one. reminded me that movie... Waterworld, with Kevin Kostner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    oooo good reference.
    Will have to rewatch that tonight ;)

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's nice until you realize that the image on the side is that of the 1998 american Godzilla... Which isn't the real Gojira put a pale and cheap imitation of the real one...

    Now if the Japanese weren't such fucking cowards they could make their own Warship, name it Gojira as well with the real Godzilla on it and blast these bastards out of the water. Hell if they kill the Whale Wars crew in the process...

    I'd be happy with that. But nooooo..... They got to cower away and yet again prove Japan is the nation of cowards.

    I MEAN WTF happend? Were most of the men castrated at birth? is that the reason why Japan has no balls to stand up for itself?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "It's nice until you realize that the image on the side is that of the 1998 american Godzilla... Which isn't the real Gojira put a pale and cheap imitation of the real one..."


    By the way, the 1998 Godzilla has been officially renamed "Zilla" by Toho Pictures since it did not deserve the title of Godzilla...


    Hell, it couldn't even breath nuclear fire or stand up to a few jet plane missiles...

    And like 1998 God(Zilla), a few jet plane missile will take the Sea Shepherd's new boat down~

    New, slick look...But not the classic awesomeness to back it up like the original~

    -Azure Xuchilbara
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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 01/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except Sea Shepherd is run by a Canadian, and not by an America you racist fuck! (staffed from Australia)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just love how America is the world's thought police...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    with ya there Firemage .....see how naturally violent fascistic fools have nothing to actually say 'cept to abuse and to try intimidate...even online...YES there are two sides to every story...SO TELL US WHY WHALING IS GOOD...OR EVEN DEFENSIBLE ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    firemage @08:34. Who decides what is righteous? Have you suddenly become God's Messenger of Justice? Fie on you!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    George Carlin in his not so dead days (mostly)nailed it right in "saving the planet". Listen to that gag on youtube and have a taste of how many types of creatures go EXTINCT in such a small period of time! Fuck iSHITarDA and FUCK the entire governmente of nippon for being sooo good at attacking itself and so soo good a spreading its asshole to the world!

    Comment by Anonymous

    this news makes me mad. fuck the sea sepherds. now they are gonna be more motivated to fuck others arounds and thinking they'll get away with anything.

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    Comment by firemage

    The hypocrisy of using violence to end violence hasn't escaped my notice but I think it's justified if the initial acts of violence are deemed legal and are unlikely to end using peaceful means. If the law fails to protect innocent creatures then the law should be taken into the hands of the righteous.

    I just wished they would do this to every industry that killed for selfish and unecesarry reasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck you asshole. Why should Japan be allowed to whale and other countries not? Eat a dick you fucking piece of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool boat...yes it's made of wood.. My question is why most of you above are bothering posting...un-informed , militaristically stupid , defiantly moronic troll posts ....did (almost) none of you learn anything from Gundam?" (etc) ...the world is far more complicated and interesting than a redneck yelling "faggot" in the air...while spittin' tobacco out the corner of his mouth...fucking read a book with more than titties in it...ya retard. Sorry for stooping low there..but i actually live in the southern hemisphere and these waters are very close to me..I love (and know well) Japan...and still this whaling shit has got to stop...WHAT THE FUCK IS THE ARGUEMENT OTHERWISE? EDUCATE ME.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Norway, Iceland, Canada, America, Russia, Indonesia and Greenland all whale you anon faggot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's not like that ! in the past japan invade many countries .. i think they thinking paying for their sins so they not doing revenge

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's a reason they're called yellow.

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    Comment by Fred
    01:23 19/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I don't condone what the Sea Shepherds crew is doing but I think Japan is kind of over stepping its bounds too.
    Everyone else is trying to protect these species and they keep exploiting a loophole in the law for money. That is not only distasteful but outright corrupt behavior.

    Honestly I wouldn't be adverse to having the Navy chase both parties asses back to drydock just so I don't have to hear about either of them on the news every few days.

    Sink them all and let Neptune sort out the mess.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    16:03 19/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It is laughable they call it research and they use a massive fleet.
    lLast I checked you don't need a fleet to research whales nor is it necessary to kill lots of them.
    Need examples for dissection there are enough beachings and ship strike incidents for this.

    If they do wish to commercially catch whales they can legally do so in international or japanese waters.
    But I find the abuse of ATS though this loop hole very distasteful.
    What's next BP starts drilling for oil off the coast of Antarctica and calls it research?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    17:32 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is something fundamentally special about whales that most of humanity recognizes, and it's that thing that unconsciously makes us realize that killing them just does NOT benefit us as a species, or the planet. They are humungous ocean mammals. It's not a coincidence that whales and dolphins give off a sense of awe and majesty to us, because they are both higher consciousness beings than most other animals.

    While Sea Shepard is a bit extreme in its methods, in my opinion it's no different really on a global scale than what the farmers on the American border to Mexico are doing. Most of the rest of the country laughs at Arizona or Texas about the border, yet they don't realize that families are murdered by border crossers as well, and they have no protection. So they formed a militia under constitutional right to protect themselves in the place of the government who does NOTHING for them. Only an idiot would call that racist. This is literally people invading American borders. It's not about what race they are or whatever, it's about drug trafficking, murder and legal right to be a citizen and earn your place in society.

    At some point we must stop just being lazy fuckers about all the things that are happening around us that shouldn't be happening. Border crossing without penalty shouldn't keep happening, it's just like cutting in line on a massive increase. You just don't do it. And while Sea Shepard are self-righteous and a little unfortunate in their methods, I cannot help but respect that they're taking risks most of us are too cowardly to do in the face of what we believe in. I do want Japan to stop hunting whales with such abandon, and based entirely on a lie.

    Hopefully this will lead to some form of realization that whaling really isn't necessary in time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 26/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FYI: Mexicans are a predominantly Spanish-heritage people with a minority mix of various Indian lineages. Last time I checked a map, Spain was in Europe. Spain was also the most violent, along with France, of all the colonial countries. Spanish conquistadors killed off the Aztecs (who themselves had violently displaced lesser peoples) and populated the country. Later, they would take land by force from South-Western tribes like the Apache and Comanche, who bitterly hated the Spanish. That's a funny definition of 'Mexican land', unless you mean 'Hey, that's land we stole FIRST!'.

    Mexico is a European heritage country the same as the US or Canada. There just very poor, and have adopted a mostly BS Aztec mythos for political reasons.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    14:00 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Technically, yes, every conquest is illegal from the perspective of the conquered. The winners write history, and it's unfortunate. Mistakes have been made throughout history, and will continue to be made. But I refuse to take responsibility for generations before me beyond reasonable consideration. If another country exists because they kill and silence their people, you won't find sympathy from me.

    As politically correct as it may be to be accepting of everyone, I give a good hearty 'go fuck yourself' to arguments that mindlessly speak of one side or the other being completely right or wrong. The negatives that came from American conquests have generated positives as well, which have generated negatives of their own, which will also generate positives. The cycle will continue until we achieve balance. So the true progress will be if blame stops being the word of the day, and progress continues.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ,How Can be America Became Your Land , The World Thief's (White Europeans ) Grab The Land From Mexicans , Native Indians ,From Inuits , and When Mexicans Want To Come back To Ancesteral Land ,To Work and Doing So They are Helping White America !They Get Kick out, Arrest and Detained ,Man Dont Talk About This Illegal issue Again, You Guys Have a Right To Talk, Cause Hawaii , Diego Garcia, Saipan, and Somany Other lands That you Occupy Illegally ,

    Comment by oi
    00:49 19/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    That is one epic ship.

    00:52 19/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    All it needs is gun turrets.

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    Comment by Benoist
    01:03 19/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    ...pointed at their own hull

    01:13 19/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    B3 You sunk my battleship.

    04:40 19/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    @toynn Whales: LOL look at these crazy human mother fucker.

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    Comment by toyNN
    04:16 19/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Whales (1) | Everyone else (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 01/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL - the first thought I had when I saw this ship was "What's those rectangular plates on top of that mainbody?" and the next thing shooting through my mind was the upper side of a tactical submarine opening hatches to fling around some ICBMs xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that (mis)fire stink bombs

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:06 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather load explosive warheads. They look cooler.

    04:50 19/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's needs a better paint job and decals.

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    Comment by Dia
    01:45 19/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Are those tomahawk silos in the deck?!

    Wouldn't it have been a good idea for the Japanese to stay there and possibly die, exposing the blatant disregard for a SOS signal by the whale lovers?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fight it with yamato battleship >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Looks like Captain Harlock's Arcadia. Imagine a huge cutlass springing from the bow, ramming the whaling ship & letting pirates board them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol it looks like Red Alert 3's Naginata Cruiser only different lolol xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just as I thought XD. Glad I'm not the only one who notices.

    Comment by flood
    00:57 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    - the first thing that came to mind.
    @article: Japan? "give up whaling"? Whaling is like their trademark for racist fuckers who don't know shit about Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah agree most people dont know what japan actualy do

    Comment by Naoli
    04:03 19/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    research my ass, what about whales that isn't already fucking known.. do they have some secret cure for cancer or something? if so what make you believe that they do

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol u dont know anything ! why australian attack japanese ship on antartica ? maybe australian have secret base so they dont want other country to find out about that. so they attack and made up the story .. maybe its a NUKE base .. >:O

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm Australian..in Sydney now...believe me when i say we don't even have an amphibian force at the moment...our corrupt , ineffectual govt' spent all our money on re-election campaigns ( now's the time to invade Aust' ...never a better chance..)...Sea Shepard are not supported by Aust Govt' (apologists FOR Japanese whaling actually)...they are actually a grass roots org' ....that means actual people.. volunteers .... ...stupid!

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