A day later, the Japanese Fisheries Agency confirmed it would skip the next Antarctic hunt.
Was it all too good to be true? Sea Shepherd thought so. I warned so. We've been proven right.
Japan is set to continue whale-hunts in the Antarctic. It's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) has filed court papers in the US, stating it intends to return to the Southern Ocean in the 2015-2016 season, with a newly-designed research programme.
Sea Shepherd calls it a blatant defiance of the ruling, and states it'll be ready to return to the Southern Ocean to protest, if/when the nasty Nippons return.
SS doubts Japan's new whaling research programme will fit with the Int.Whaling Commission regulations, because it must use humane methods and not kill whales for commercial reasons. But ya think that'll stop 'em...?
Let's just return to what the govt of Japan publically said:
"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."
And just a few days later, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe personally confirmed there would be no whaling in the 2014-15 summer season.
To then completely reverse it's position within a fortnight, indicates how deep into the whalers' pockets the Japanese government is. It is clearly an administration that has no honour, has caused its country to 'lose face' around the world...and cannot be trusted.