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Will Anonymous Escalate Their Cyber Attacks in Japan?

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Patience is running thin with the continuation of the horrific slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan and with Japan’s stubbornly arrogant refusal to abide with international laws protecting whales.

For years, there has been an unspoken rule that actions to oppose the slaughter of dolphins should be focused on the dolphin killers themselves in Taiji.

For this reason some groups have spoken out against boycotts of Japanese products on the grounds that the people of Japan should not be blamed for what a handful of murderous thugs in Taiji are doing or what the whale killing criminals from the ICR (Institute for Cetacean (bogus) Research) are doing in the Southern Ocean.

The problem is that the Japanese media not only supports the slaughter, they actively suppress any information on the killing. The Japanese government does actively support the slaughter and target individuals who oppose the killing with harassment and persecution. The Japanese public are either unaware, support the killing, or simply don’t care.

Now it appears that the patience of some has reached its limit. The group Anonymous has begun to target Japanese media and Japanese business, disrupting and shutting down websites

The town of Taiji’s website was hit September and again on Oct. 6, Oct. 17 and Oct. 21. The Taiji Whale Museum was hit on November 3rd.

Nobuhiro Tsuji, a security expert at Softbank Technology Corp. who monitors Anonymous activities, said cyber-attacks against entities related to whale and dolphin hunting got under way in 2013. “The attacks began with opposition to the whale hunt, but organizations that have nothing to do with it have been targeted now,” he said. “Now, it is not surprising for any Japanese website to come under attack.”

And for the first time Japanese media sites are under attack. The Japan News on Oct. 9. The Mainichi Shimbun on Nov. 4 and The Nihon Keizai Shimbun on November 10th became targets.

I have no idea who Anonymous is or how or why they are able to attack websites in Japan but I can certainly understand why people are motivated to escalate opposition to the continued massacre of dolphins and whales.

Perhaps by expanding the cyber attacks, more and more Japanese people will become aware of how a small group of murderous and greedy thugs in Taiji are bringing international shame down upon the people of Japan.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has opposed illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean and the brutal slaughter of dolphins in Taiji and we have done so in a non-violent manner. We have never caused a single injury.

As a result, the Japanese government has led a retaliation against Sea Shepherd. Perhaps it’s time for a different and more effective approach.

Perhaps the Japanese government will understand just how restrained Sea Shepherd has been in our opposition to the killings if they are now faced with attacks from Anonymous, a group they can’t retaliate against because they have no idea who they are or where they are.

I certainly have no idea who Anonymous are, where they are, and what they do is way beyond my technical abilities and understanding but I think I am ready to applaud their intervention.

This horrifically brutal slaughter must end in Taiji and Japan’s continued illegal invasion of the Southern Ocean must end and if not, there should be a cost for all of Japan for ignoring, condoning, supporting and enabling the cetaceans killers of Taiji and the Southern Ocean.

How much is the dolphin and illegal whale killing worth to Japan? How much damage will be done before Japan puts an end to the killing? Or will they continue to do so in the face of all opposition in order to defend the nation’s honor and in so doing allow the Taiji thugs and outlaw whalers to define what honour is for modern day Japan?

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