Star of dolphin-killing film detained at Japan airport

2016-01-19 14:25
(Koji Sasahara, File/AP)

(Koji Sasahara, File/AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tokyo - The star of an Oscar-winning documentary about dolphin killings in Japan has been detained by immigration authorities at an airport near Tokyo.

Ric O'Barry is the former dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series and star of "The Cove." The film shows the slaughter of dolphins herded into a cove in the coastal fishing village of Taiji. He was barred entry early on Tuesday.

Immigration officials say it is their policy not to comment on individual cases. O'Barry's lawyer Takashi Takano says he has appealed the decision.

He said immigration officials at Narita airport say O'Barry is not a tourist, the visa he was using to enter Japan.

O'Barry told Takano that the officials accused him of having close relations with anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, which O'Barry denies.

Read more on:    japan  |  whaling

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.