International Olympic Committee - Move the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for Japan's defiance of the International Court of Justice

  • by: Ling Yai
  • recipient: International Olympic Committee
Defying a March 2014 ruling by the International Court of Justice and a September 2014 International Whaling Commission resolution, the Japanese government on November 18, 2014 announced that it intends to resume so-called “research whaling” in Antarctic waters during the winter of 2015-2016.

The Japan Fisheries Agency has proposed to the IWC a new “research whaling” quota of 333 minke whales per year for 12 years––nearly 4,000 whales in all. To date, Japanese whaling continues in defiance of Worldwide opposition and the International Court of Justice ruling.

Considering Japan's arrogant defiance, we call on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo to another venue that respects International Law and Worldwide opinion.

While any law abiding country will do, relocating the Olympics to Australia (who originally petitioned the Court of Justice) will send a strong message to Japan - they cannot continue to defy the law if they expect to be a legitimate member of the World Community.
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