This is just a general shout-out inquiry--but does anyone know why non-Japanese sources say the pelagic whaling fleet is out to catch 935 Minke whales this season while domestic news sources say the fleet seeks only 850 Minke?
I suppose I should put the question to David@Tokyo--who has got to have one of the Japan-based English-language blogosphere's most esoteric specializations--but perhaps someone else knows.
For the record, the Saturday morning papers noted the two-year postponement of the humpback whale (zatōkujira) hunt in the following ways:
The Asahi Shimbun - p. 1 long article
Mainichi Shimbun - p. 1 short article with supporting material on Australian attitudes toward the resumption of hunting of humpbacks on p. 7
Yomiuri Shimbun - p. 2 short article
Sankei Shimbun - p. 3 short article on Australian government plans to dispatch surveillance ship; p. 3 micro article (a mere 140 kanji spaces) on government postponement of hunt
Nihon Keizai Shimbun - p. 42 short article
I leave it to the reader to make his/her own conclusions about the relationship between political leanings and coverage.
Interestingly, or perhaps not, not a single article made mention of the estimated world population of humpbacks--or any other whale species, for that matter.
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