Ric O’Barry, who starred in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, has been blocked at Tokyo’s Narita international airport by immigration authorities.
The American actor and director, who had trained dolphins used in the TV series Flipper, and became an activist against the killing of dolphins in Taiji, was stopped from entering the country because he is not considered a “tourist,” his lawyer told international media today.
Takashi Takano said officials blamed O’Barry’s tied to the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, a claim which O’Barry denies. The government would not comment on the case.
O’Barry, who has been detained before entering the country before, posted his exasperation to his Facebook page. “Here we go again …” along with this photo:
The Japanese government is cracking down on those who oppose their war on dolphins,” he wrote.
It’s not clear when O’Barry would be cleared – or outright denied – entry into the country.