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Japan: Yahoo affiliate under fire for whale meat ads

Date: 14 Aug 2013

Whales on deck

Yahoo! has found itself embarrassed by its Japanese affiliate which is promoting tinned and fresh whale products, despite the company's ban on such sales anywhere else in the world. The company has said it has no power to impose its policies onto Softbank, which runs the site in Japan.

According to NGO the Environment Investigation Agency, nearly 250 whale products are advertised for sale on the site, including products from protected species such as sperm and minke whales, as well as fin whale which is a listed endangered species.

The group said that about 80 per cent of the Yahoo! Japan ivory ads are for hanko (name seals used to sign official documents), many of which are thought to originate from illegally smuggled ivory tusks.

EIA accused the US corporation of having made no significant effort to influence the practice of Softbank. The company dismissed this attack, saying that it is only a minority shareholder in Yahoo! Japan.


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