Japan on Monday said it was asking the Netherlands to take “practical measures” against a Dutch-registered vessel that collided with a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean.
The Bob Barker, belonging to militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd, came into contact with a Japanese harpoon vessel on Sunday as it tried to interrupt the hunt. Both sides have claimed the other was to blame.
In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Monday condemned the group, saying it was responsible for the accident. “The sabotage activity was extremely dangerous,” Suga told reporters. “It is unforgivable,” the top government spokesman said without elaboration. “As a government, we are asking the Netherlands, where the ship is registered, to take practical measures.”