Lama has criticised wildlife activists for staging what he said were violent
protests over Japan's hunting of whales.
came as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visited Japan for an 11-day
news conference, he said he had told the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation
Society to stop its violent harassment of Japan's whaling fleet.
time I wrote a letter...(saying) their activities should be stopping,"
he told reporters.
Lama said he supported Sea Shepherd's goal of preventing whalers from harming
the giant sea mammals but added that "their (activities) should be
annual whale hunt -- carried out under a loophole to an international moratorium
that allows killing for what it calls scientific research -- has long been
criticised by conservationists.
prosecutors have demanded two years in prison for New Zealand anti-whaling
activist Pete Bethune, 45, on trial for assault and charges relating to
his boarding of a harpoon ship in Antarctic waters. Mr Bethune has been
in a Japanese jail since March 12. Sea
Shepherd has banned him from future protests.
Lama, who has no plans to meet government ministers during the visit, will
give a public lecture tomorrow in Nagano prefecture, hosted by monks of
the Zenkoji Buddhist temple.
Peace Prize winner escaped Tibet in 1959 to start life in exile in India
after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He praised his host nation,
saying he hoped to promote "harmony" which has been cherished
in India for more than 1000 years.