NEW ZEALAND'S PM CLARK LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON JAPAN OVER WHALES

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (July 19, 2001 – Radio Australia)---New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark has slammed Japan's admission that it is using overseas aid as bribes to win support for its campaign to lift an international ban on whaling.

The head of Japan's fisheries agency, Maseyuku Komatsu, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Japan has few tools, such as military muscle, with which to influence other countries on the issue.

He said Japan sees nothing wrong in using the leverage of overseas development aid.

However, Ms Clark said the admission underlines the bankruptcy of Japan's position on whaling.

She said New Zealand has long suspected Japan is using aid to achieve its goals, and the country must be embarrassed by the revelation.

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