YOKO: Pleads to Some of Her Countrymen
Yoko Ono has written an open letter to the Japanese fisherman of Taiji over what she calls the "traditional capture and slaughter of dolphins."
In part she writes, "I understand how you must feel about the one-sidedness of the West to be angry at your traditional capture and slaughter of dolphins... But I think you should think of this situation from the point of view of the big picture. Japan has gone through such hard times lately. And we need the sympathy and help of the rest of the world. It will give an excuse for big countries and their children in China, India and Russia to speak ill of Japan when we should be communicating our strong love for peace, not violence. I am sure that it is not easy, but please consider the safety of the future of Japan."
Yoko also sent a copy of her letter to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.