Even after promising to pump millions of dollars in aid to countries in hopes of getting them to vote sympathetically with Japan`s position on lessening restrictions on commercial whaling, Japan's ship came away with a hole in it -- losing by two votes to get things going their way.

Looks like they were the ones harpooned.

However, they are sulking hard and are now considering on leaving the IWC if they do not get things their way within the next few years.

Japan is also considering making a seperate group of pro-whaling nations that would be independent of the IWC and then seek to conduct their business [or perhaps they would call it extra-curricular 'scientific' research] with a "coalition of the willing." Looks like G. W. Bush does not have a monopoly on flouting world opinion.

In a document obtained by AFP, Japan signaled it would push for a separate meeting of pro-whaling nations to discuss a possible return to commercial whaling outside IWC auspices before the annual meeting next year.

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Earlier, Japan warned it could pull out of the organization if there was no progress towards its goals "within a few years."


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Whaling foes dodge harpoon with Japan defeat