Friday, December 31, 2010
Unexpected Victory for Japan
When the America-backed proposal to ban export of Atlantic bluefin tuna convened at the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES on 18 March 2010, the Japanese government felt the Japanese consumers might not be able to eat tuna in the future. There was fear that sushi was finished! However, when CITES voted, only 20 nations supported the Moraco proposal to ban bluefin tuna, with 68 nations against the proposal, and 30 abstaining. As a result, the Moraco proposal backed by the European nations and the US lost the battle. Interestingly, neither the Japanese media nor the Japanese government understood why the proposal did not go through. The fact of the matter is that China, along with its allies, in particular, the countries from African continent and from the Middle East region, voted against the Moraco proposal.