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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Once again the Japanese people show the world they are selfish!

This past week the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species rejected a proposal by Monaco and the United States to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, a species which is heading towards extinctio, mainly  due to the behavior of the Japanese people.  The convention had earlier rejected, a less stringent motion by the Europeans that would have placed the Atlantic bluefin tuna on the  international list of endangered species but delayed a trading ban for one year.

Why did this happen? Because the Japanese people selfishly want to eat sushi every day! According to  New York times editorial you can read at:

"The vote split partly along developed/developing nation lines. But make no mistake: It was largely the result of relentless lobbying by Japan, whose citizens consume four-fifths of the world’s bluefin tuna, thus providing a steady market for poorer countries with big fishing industries like Tunisia!!!"
"Under the proposed ban, Japan would have been allowed to consume only the fish caught in its own waters, which would have put a huge crimp in exports from Tunisia and other African nations that ply the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic."

 "Stocks of Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin dropped by more than 70 percent between 1957 and 2007, and by more than 60 percent in the last decade alone!!!!"

 In a press release issued early in March, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) stated

"Currently about 40,000 tons of Atlantic bluefin tuna are caught every year, well over four times the amount of fish that scientists say can be taken to avoid stock collapse."

I certainly am not the first person to suggest the Japanese people are a selfish race!
Countless examples of this disgusting behavior of the Japanese people throughout history exist.For instance,their war against China in 1937 to achieve Hakkō ichiu, and Japan's 

 invasion of  Manchuria outright after the Mukden Incident (九一八事變) in September 1931, the invasion of China in 1937 in which the Japanese used poisonousness gas against the Chinese, and the attack against Pearl Harbor all indicate the selfishness of the Japanese people.

 Even the Japanese themselves admit they are a selfish race! I can say this with assurity because when I was last online, I came upon a paper written by Charles Yuji Horioko , a member of the Institute of Social and Economic Research Osaka University 6-1, Mihogaoka Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 JAPANi entitled,  "Are the Japanese Selfish, Altruistic, or Dynastic?". The central premise of Horioko's paper is:

"the selfish life cycle model is the dominant model of household behavior in both countries (The United States and Japan) but that it is far more applicable in Japan!!  

The fact that  Japanese government debt, which was about 60% of GDP in 1990, has steadily risen to the point where it is now fast closing in on 200% of GDP.  Next to Zimbabwe this number puts Japan in a separate league of  its own in terms of debt!!! 

According to research I have done online, I disovered that Japan's main imports from Canada are raw materials, such as timber, copper, and gold, and agricultural products, such as pork.  The Prime Minister of Canada had a chance to put the screws to the   Japanese economy recently by telling the Japanese that either they reduce their consumption of Bluefin tuna or face dire economic consequences.Instead what did he do? He backed down from a confrontation with the Japanese and its allies in the Bluefin tuna issue!

The issue pertaining to Bluefin tuna can best be summarized in the following way:

"Let's take science and throw it out the door," Susan Lieberman, director of international policy with the Pew Environment Group in Washington, said sarcastically.
"It's pretty irresponsible of the governments to hear the science and ignore the science," she said. "Clearly, there was pressure from the fishing interests. The fish is too valuable for its own good."
Japan, which imports 80 per cent of the tuna, had lobbied delegates hard to kill the proposal. They even held a reception Wednesday night for uncertain delegates that included plenty of bluefin sushi.
When Monaco introduced its proposal Thursday, the gallery was filled with critics who ignored a plea to save the once-abundant species that roams across vast stretches of the Atlantic Ocean and grows as big as 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms).
There is an increasing demand for raw tuna for traditional dishes such as sushi and sashimi. The bluefin variety - called "hon-maguro" in Japan - is particularly prized, with a 200-kilogram (440-pound) Pacific bluefin tuna fetching a record 20.2 million yen ($220,000) last year.


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