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Activists rally against dolphin, whale hunt in Tokyo

Published on Nov 24, 2012 5:36 PM
Some 50 anti-whaling and anti-dolphin-hunting demonstrators march on the street in Tokyo on Nov 24, 2012. Dozens of people marched through central Tokyo to protest dolphin and whale hunts, angering nationalists who blamed the move as discrimination against Japanese tradition. The placard reads "Save Dolphins." -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO - Environmentalists and nationalists held opposing rallies over the issue of Japan's dolphin and whale hunts in a rare showdown in central Tokyo on Saturday, leading to angry scenes.

About 50 anti-whaling activists gathered at a park in the Shibuya shopping district with banners bearing slogans such as "Stop the cruel dolphin hunt!" while across the street about 30 nationalists shouted, "Get out of Japan!"

The nationalists accused the environmentalists of undermining Japanese culture and traditions, saying "environmental terrorists" should be sent to slaughter houses.

The rally was part of demonstrations to be held around the world this weekend against the killing of dolphins in the Japanese town of Taiji, according to the organiser, Action for Marine Mammals.

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