|Fisheries Agency of Japan committee|
This is a first step and should be encouraged by all anti-whaling groups by giving the minority group the opportunity to influence a voluntary shutdown of all Japanese Whaling operations. One of the factors considered was the fact that Japan Coast Guard would not support the Fisheries Agency of Japan in its whaling operations. Therefore the Fisheries Agency must find some way to secure the safety of the Japanese Whaling Fleet if it does return to the Southern Ocean. Most particularly of course this means protection from the activities of Sea Shepherd which has planned "Operation No Compromise" for the coming season.
So far there is no official Japanese Government reaction to the Fisheries Agency of Japan committee report.
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