Japan, Cameras and Whaling

Earlier last week Japan joined Iceland and Norway in leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to carry out whaling unregulated by the international body. Prior to this Japan carried out whaling under a so-called ‘scientific’ programme that included killing animals in protected waters in Antarctica and Australia. The programme was, essentially, a bald-faced lie perpetrated by the self-purported “honourable” Japanese. Japan, in the past, has allegedly bought the votes of certain developing nations sitting on the IWC. Two that we know of: Guyana and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The country most vociferous in its condemnation of Japan has been Australia. Everyone else is mostly silent, or apathetic.

Japan, Iceland and Norway believe they have a right to whaling. Okay. We have a right therefore not to visit these countries. nor to purchase anything they produce. In the case of Japan, that includes cameras.

It is not by chance that the cameras we have owned throughout the years have been from makers Arca-Swiss, Alpa, Linhof, Phase One, Leica; all of whom are not Japanese makers. No Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Sigma for us. We don’t buy Japanese cars nor any other Japanese-produced products either.

This has been an expensive choice for us, but we have a conscience. We hope you do too.

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