CITES Rejects Japan's Whale Appeal

The Convention on International Trade in Endanger Species (CITES) this month rejected a request by Japan to remove minke whales from the CITES Appendix I list of threatened species in which international trade is prohibited.

Japan had filed an appeal with CITES seeking to have minke whales moved to the CITES Appending II, in which highly regulated trade of an endangered species is permitted.

In a news conference, CITES secretary general Willem Wijnstekers said that the proper place to take up whale-related issues was the International Whaling Commission and that as long as the IWC’s ban on commercial whaling remains in place, so will the Appendix I listing of whales.

Wijnstekers said,

As long as the International Whaling Commission maintains a zero-catch quota for commercial reasons in its management of minke whales, then the best way to coordinate that level of protection within CITES is by maintaining the species in appendix I.


CITES rejects Japanese call for partial end to ban on whale trade. Agence-France Presse, June 14, 2004.

Tokyo to Prohibit Sale of Used Underwear from Young Schoolgirls

The Telegraph reports that Tokyo is in the process of amending its laws in order to forbid sex shops there from reselling used underwear from girls under the age of 16. In case you were curious, a pair of used girl’s underwear sells for about 25 pounds according to the Telegraph.

According to the Telegraph,

The shops also sell swimsuits, gym knickers and schoolgirl uniforms, which resemble sailor outfits.

Prostitution involving underage girls is apparently a serious problem in Tokyo, and the city is banning the sale of used underwear by young girls as part of its efforts to crackdown on the problem. But why not just ban the sale of any used underwear on health grounds? Weird.


Tokyo calls for ban on sale of used schoolgirls’ underwear. Colin Joyce, Telegraph (UK), January 16, 2004.