Japan: Nations caught overfishing tuna next year should be barred
PARIS (Kyodo) Japan on Friday proposed imposing bans on countries suspected of catching more than their fair share of bluefin tuna starting next year.
The proposal, submitted at a session of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas conference, would require countries to make plans for complying with ICCAT regulations before the fishing season starts and to seek permission to fish from an observation committee.
If the committee withholds permission, the countries would be prohibited from fishing bluefin tuna.
Japan brought up the proposal because it believes that imposing sanctions after the fishing season is not effective, Fisheries Agency officials said at the conference.
The ICCAT sessions since Wednesday have revealed that a number of countries violated regulations for protecting the tuna and failed to present documents to prove they abided by the rules and stuck to their quotas, sources close to the conference said.
But other countries that remain critical of Japan, the world's largest tuna consumer, are calling for drastically cutting quotas instead, saying it is more effective than fishing bans.
Tiny chihuahua set to join Japan police
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A chihuahua named Momo (Peach) has passed the exam to become a dog in the police force in western Japan, in what seems to be a first.
The 3kg (6.6lb) dog is set to become part of a search-and-rescue team used for disasters such as earthquakes.
Its small size means it will be able to squeeze into places too narrow for dogs such as German Shepherds.
Chihuahuas, named after a Mexican state, are one of the the smallest breeds of dog.
"It's quite rare for us to have a chihuahua work as a police dog," said a police spokeswoman in Nara, western Japan.
"We would like it to work hard by taking advantage of its small size."
Momo, aged seven, will begin work in January.