Business Notes: Aug. 19, 1985

FISHING A Harpoon for Japan's Whalers

Under pressure from the U.S., Japan agreed last November to put its sperm whalers, among the last practitioners of an ancient profession, out of business by 1988. American conservationists, who consider whaling a senseless slaughter of an endangered species, were not satisfied. Greenpeace and eleven other environmental groups sued the U.S. Government, charging that amendments to two separate conservation laws require in effect that the Administration impose economic sanctions on Japan for its whaling operations.

Last week a U.S. Court of Appeals, ruling in favor of the conservationists, decreed that within 90 days the Government...

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