The International Whaling Commission has a new member! Everyone give a big "hello" to - well, to Laos.
Laos has a real interest in whales and don't let the fact that it's landlocked fool you. Whales are big, after all, and Laos isn't big so the connection is obvious. That Laos has now jumped aboard the Tokyo gravy train, perhaps might even use its position to vote against whaling moratoria, really has nothing to do with it.
Maybe it's time we told our Japanese friends that buying votes on the International Whaling Commission is corrupt and wholly unacceptable. Now you may not have any Japanese friends you swap e-mails with but here are some people you might want to contact, folks with names like Sony, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda, Yamaha, Subaru and Suzuki. Let those people know what you think of it. They'll get the message.