Now, Lucasis seeking seven million yen (that’s $69,000 USD) in damages over claims that include she and her father were “rudely and aggressively escorted” from the Taiji Whale Museum.
“I believe the museum had no right to assume, based only on a single glance, that my father and I are troublemakers or bad people,” Lucas told the court,the statement said.
Plaintiff lawyer Takashi Takanotoldthe court that, “It is against various statutes including the constitution and international covenants on human rights,” according to a press release issued after the hearing. The lawsuit claims thatthe museum’s barring of “foreign-looking visitors” violated Japanese law, which prohibits discrimination based on race or creed.
But themuseum’s director,Katsuki Hayashi saysthat, “we welcome (foreigners) who are clearly tourists…We aim to protect the town’s culture, assets and fishery.”
There’s a lot of fuss over Taiji, a town that is infamous for its annual dolphin hunt. Activists have been tryingto stop Japan’s whaling program and the town’s dolphin slaughter, and for good reason.During the annual hunt, local fishermen corral hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay, then kill them for meat or sell the most beautiful ones to aquariums. Defenders of this practice would call it a tradition.The town of Taiji appearsin the chilling and sad 2009documentary, “The Cove.”