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Statement on handing whaling letter to Japanese PM

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Peter Whish-Wilson 9 Jul 2014

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson commented this morning on his brief meeting last night with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where he was able to personally hand PM Abe a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson.

"Last night I attended the Parliament House Dinner for the Japanese Prime Minister, and was able to meet and talk with Shinzo Abe," said Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"I took the opportunity to respectfully hand him a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson and asked that he read the letter.

"This was the first time Captain Watson has written to Shinzo Abe and in the letter he appealed to Japan's PM personally, and respectfully, to reconsider any plans for a continuation of lethal whaling research in the Southern Ocean.

"I also congratulated the Japanese Prime Minister for his speech to the Australian Parliament and I thanked him for acknowledging Australian losses at Sandakan, where my children's great-grandfather was buried following the infamous "Death March" during World War II.

"This was a very moving moment for myself and all my family," Senator Peter Whish-Wilson concluded.

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PDF of letter from Captain Paul Watson, Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe >


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