Australia, Japan Politely Disagree in Whale Talks

Publication: AFP

01/31/2008 - Australia and Japan agreed to disagree Thursday on a bitter feud over whaling as their foreign ministers tried to show that the countries' close relationship was otherwise intact.

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith held talks in Japan after a visit to mutual ally the United States on his first foreign trip since his left-leaning government took office in December.

Smith's counterpart, Masahiko Komura, thanked him for his early visit to Tokyo.

"I would like to further enhance this relationship," Komura said.

But in closed-door talks and a working dinner, the two sides were said to disagree over Japan's controversial annual whaling expedition in the Antarctic Ocean.

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