Japanese police have arrested two Greenpeace activists, Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, for exposing a whale meat scandal in Japans government-sponsored whaling programme last month. According to the police the activists are "being investigated for allegedly stealing a box of whale meat which they presented as evidence."
Junichi Sato is a well-known anti-whaling blogger in Japan and Greenpeace claims that this was, on the eve of the International Whaling Commission meeting, "an intimidation tactic by the government agencies responsible for whaling." The Japanese media are, according to Brian from Making Waves, saying that this arrest is "a warning to other activist groups that as the G8 approaches, voices of dissent in Japan will not be tolerated."
Jun Hoshikawa, Greenpeace Executive Director, says that the arrests are the counterattack from the Japanese Government for exposing the black market trade of stolen whale meat from the government-supported whaling fleet.
Greenpeace are now asking people to take action, they also demands that Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki will be released from custody and that the real criminals are put into jail instead.