Japan to deport star of Oscar-winning film on dolphin hunting practices

(From Japan Today)

Japan has ordered the deportation of Ric O’Barry, the star of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” about a Japanese village that hunts dolphins. But he has refused to leave, insisting he came as a tourist to look at dolphins.

Ric O’Barry, the star of Oscar-winning documentary The Cove

Ric O’Barry

O’Barry, the former dolphin trainer for the “Flipper” TV series, was detained upon arrival Monday at Tokyo’s Narita international airport.

Japanese authorities decided Friday to turn down his appeal to enter the country, according to his son, Lincoln O’Barry. His son and lawyer say immigration officials accuse O’Barry of lying during questioning and of having ties to anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, both of which O’Barry denies.

Immigration officials said they cannot comment on individual cases. Read More

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