International Court of Justice
Whaling in the Antarctic
(Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening)
[Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary, the Government of Japan]
March 31, 2014
1. The International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, delivered its Judgment today in the case concerning the Whaling in the Antarctic brought by Australia against Japan, with New Zealand intervening.
2. Japan is disappointed and regrets that the Court ruled that JARPA II by Japan did not fall within Article VIII, paragraph 1, of the ICRW. However, Japan will abide by the Judgment of the Court as a State that places a great importance on the international legal order and the rule of law as a basis of the international community.
3. Japan joined the International Whaling Commission more than 60 years ago; and despite the deep divisions within the Commission, and its inability in recent years to function effectively, Japan has stayed within the Commission and tried to find generally-acceptable solutions to the Commission's problems.
4. We will consider our concrete future course of actions carefully, upon studying what is stated in the Judgment.