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LETTER DATED APRIL 5, 1985 FROM CLARENCE BROWN, ACTING SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, TO HIS EXCELLENCY SHINTARO ABE, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF JAPAN, INDICATING AN UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN ON THE SCHEDULE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE REGULATION OF WHALING
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Dear Mr. Minister:
I acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated April 5, 1985, regarding Japan's intentions with respect to its pending objection to paragraph 10(e) of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. I hereby inform you the Government of the United States concurs with the understandings of the Government of Japan, as described in your letter.
LETTER DATED APRIL 5, 1985 FROM HIS EXCELLENCY NOBUO MATSUNAGA, AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN, TO HON. MALCOM BALDRIGE, SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, TRANSMITTING A COPY OF THE LETTER FROM MINISTER ABE REGARDING JAPAN'S OBJECTION TO SUBPARAGRAPH 10(e) OF THE SCHEDULE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE REGULATION OF WHALING 1946
Dear Mr. Secretary:
I have the honor to transmit to you a copy of the letter from Mr. Shintaro Abe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. The original will be delivered to you immediately upon receipt of it.
Allow me to extend my warmest personal regards.
The Honorable Malcolm Baldrige
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
April 5, 1985
Dear Mr. Secretary,
As a result of the recent talks held in Washington, D.C. between you and Mr. H. Sano, Director-General of the Fisheries Agency of Japan, I refer to:
the objection lodged by the Government of Japan on November 4, 1982 to subparagraph 10 (e) of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling 1946 (the Convention),
the arrangements on commercial whaling reflected in the letters exchanged between you and then Chargé d'Affaires ad interim Mr. Y. Murazumi on November 13,
the order dated March 5, 1985 of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the lawsuit styled American Cetacean Society, et al. v. Baldrige, et al., and the stay of such order pending appeal, granted or March 18, 1985 by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
I am authorized to inform you that the Government of Japan will, by written notice to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), withdraw the aforementioned objection
within five days of a decision by the Court of Appeals in
commercial coastal whaling will cease following the 1987
With regard to the catch limits for the 1986 and 1987 coastal season (except those for the Western Division, North Pacific Sperm Whales) and the 1985/86 and 1986/87 pelagic seasons as contemplated in the November 13, 1984 arrangements, I wish to inform you that the Government of Japan understands that the United States will not regard catch limits for those seasons as diminishing the effectiveness of the Convention or its conservation program if such catch limits are consistent with the
decisions made at the 36th Annual Meeting of the IWC,
unless the levels of the stocks in question as assessed by
the Scientific Committee of the IWC at its future
meetings, change significantly.