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News Article | June 10, 2015
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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DJO Global, Inc. (“DJO” or the “Company”), a leading global provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, today has announced the launch of its new consumer product line, DonJoy Performance, a brand within the portfolio of the leading orthopedic medical technology company, now available online and in select retailers nationwide. In tandem with the brand and product line launches, the Company has also unveiled its consumer website, DonJoyPerformance.com, which launches today. DonJoy Performance features an extensive line of innovative sports medicine products designed to keep athletes in the game, achieve peak performance and prevent future injuries by utilizing proven technologies from DJO Global’s extensive medical research and development. “We developed DonJoy Performance to help athletes stay healthy, perform better, remain injury-free and return to play faster,” said Toby Bost, president of DJO Consumer. “We’ve brought the technology and medical innovation from the number one sports medicine brand in the world and made it readily available to all consumers.” BIONIC – DonJoy Performance’s most stable line featuring bilateral polycentric hinges to fully stabilize the respective joint against lateral forces, while operating freely for a highly responsive and natural feel. WEBTECH – Patented silicone web technology that surrounds and suspends the knee joint to provide unrivaled performance in pain management, shock dampening and structural alignment. TRIZONE – Targeting the calf, knee, ankle and elbow, the unique hybrid design combines the properties of compression and bracing in one sleeve to help maintain peak performance during sport and activity. PROFORM – Better performance through compression, mild joint support, improved heat retention and increased circulation/oxygenation designed for arm and leg protection. DEFENDER SKIN – Uniquely engineered and customizable adhesive second skin, designed to defend the body against cuts, scrapes, turf burns and bruising that are common injuries associated with the impact and abrasion of rigorous sport. Professional athletes, physicians and athletic trainers across all sports trust DonJoy for their performance and pain management needs. Professional basketball athletic trainer Mike Mancias, who works with top players including LeBron James, praised the products, stating, “With the use of DonJoy Performance products, all-star athletes are able to get back on the court faster and compete at the highest level.” The DonJoy Performance line is available now at http://www.donjoyperformance.com, and at select retailers nationwide, ranging from $20 - $100 USD. DJO Consumer is the retail and direct-to-consumer arm of DJO Global, Inc., the recognized leader in bracing and supports, and the largest orthopedic rehabilitation company in the world. Under the DonJoy Performance brand, the consumer division delivers functional sports medicine and protective solutions straight to the consumer in order to help athletes, sport enthusiasts and everyday active lifestyle consumers achieve peak performance, and stay healthy and active. DonJoy Performance products leverage the considerable medical invention and innovation resources of DJO Global, while delivering thoughtfully designed styles. The DonJoy Performance mission proudly reflects the legacy of its parent company: “BORN FROM SPORT SCIENCE, PROVEN IN PRACTICE.” For more information, visit DonJoyPerformance.com. DJO Global is a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management. The Company’s products address the continuum of patient care from injury prevention to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or from degenerative disease, enabling people to regain or maintain their natural motion. Its products are used by orthopedic specialists, spine surgeons, primary care physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. In addition, many of the Company’s medical devices and related accessories are used by athletes and patients for injury prevention and at-home physical therapy treatment. The Company’s product lines include rigid and soft orthopedic bracing, hot and cold therapy, bone growth stimulators, vascular therapy systems and compression garments, therapeutic shoes and inserts, electrical stimulators used for pain management and physical therapy products. The Company’s surgical division offers a comprehensive suite of reconstructive joint products for the hip, knee and shoulder. DJO Global’s products are marketed under a portfolio of brands including Aircast®, Chattanooga, CMF™, Compex®, DonJoy®, Empi®, ProCare®, DJO® Surgical, Dr. Comfort® and Exos™. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.DJOglobal.com.

A Japanese crew left for the Antarctic's Southern Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 1, to embark on a "research whaling" mission expected to last until March 2016. The announcement was made despite global opposition to whale hunts over the years. The International Whaling Commission mandated a ban on commercial whale hunting back in 1986, but Japan persisted in hunting and killing different whale species, saying it was operating under a research exemption. On March 31, 2014, the International Court of Justice confirmed that the whaling program being employed by Japan is considered commercial and is, ultimately, illegal. The ICJ, which is the UN judicial branch, then ordered the country's endeavors to immediately stop. At first, Japan agreed and said that it will follow the set rules, but months after the agreement, Japan presented its new whaling program, called NEWREP-A. The government submitted its final plan to the International Whaling Commission, which also deemed the whale killings unnecessary for research on whale stock supervision and conservation. Days after the submission of the NEWREP-A final plan, Japan announced its impending mission to the Antarctic. NEWREP-A entails killing of about 333 protected minke whales annually for the next 12 years, which is approximately 4,000 minke whales. The Fisheries Agency and the Foreign Ministry said these numbers are one-third of the total number that Japan used to slaughter. The plan will undergo evaluation for a period of six months. Sea Shepherd, a registered marine conservation group, expressed its disappointment with Japan's announcement. The organization works to stop the destruction of species and habitats around the U.K. coastline and in all of the world's oceans. Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd Australia managing director, said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should guarantee that when he visits Japan in December, the issue of illegal whale poaching will be at the top of his agenda. "It must be made clear to Japan that whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary is a criminal act and that Australia has the international responsibility to intervene and arrest criminals operating in our waters," Hansen said. George Brandis, the attorney general of Australia, said diplomacy will be employed to stop Japan, but if it fails, the government may look into sending a Customs and Border Protection Service patrol boat, most likely to monitor the waters and obtain evidence of illegal actions.

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Workers disembark from a whaling ship at the port of Shimonoseki in western Japan, on March 24, 2016 (AFP Photo/-) More Australia on Friday branded Japan's killing of 333 whales "abhorrent", saying there was no scientific justification for the Antarctic hunt. The Japanese fleet set sail for the Southern Ocean in December despite a worldwide moratorium and opposition led by Australia and New Zealand, using a loophole in the ban that allows for lethal research. On Thursday, Japan's Fisheries Agency announced enough whales had been killed for "scientific research" as the boats returned to port. "The Australian government opposes so-called 'scientific' whaling clearly, absolutely and categorically," Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said in comments emailed to AFP. "It is in my view abhorrent and a throwback to an earlier age... There is no scientific justification for lethal research." Japan was forced to abandon its 2014-15 hunt after the International Court of Justice said the expedition was a commercial activity masquerading as research. Hunt criticised Japan for going ahead with the killings "in spite of a resolution by the (International Whaling) Commission calling on it not to go whaling". Tokyo claims it is trying to prove the whale population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting, but the meat still ends up on dinner tables and is served up in school lunches. Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd criticised the Australian and New Zealand governments, saying they had not done enough to stop the whaling. "The majority of Australians wanted the Australian government to send a vessel to oppose the slaughter. They did not," Sea Shepherd Australia's managing director Jeff Hansen said in a statement late Thursday. "The governments responsible for protecting these magnificent creatures stood by, in the complete knowledge that both federal and international crimes were taking place. "This empty response from authorities in the wake of the ICJ ruling is a disgrace." Some experts say that Japan's refusal to give up the Antarctic mission despite censure by the international court is largely due to a small group of powerful politicians.

"The research ships will depart for new whale research in the Antarctic on December 1, 2015," the Fisheries Agency said Monday in a statement on its website. Tokyo has for years come under intense global pressure to stop hunts that opponents decry as inhumane but that Japan says are an inherent part of its traditional culture. The United Nations' top legal body judged last year that Japan's so-called scientific whaling activity in the Southern Ocean was a disguise for commercial hunts. The agency's statement said the "research period" for the mission would be from late December to early March. The fleet will include a "mother ship" and three other vessels with a total of 160 crew members taking part, it added. Japan had earlier flagged that it planned to resume the hunts, though details of the exact timing were unclear. That alone, however, drew intense criticism. "We do not accept in any way, shape or form the concept of killing whales for so-called 'scientific research'," Australian environment minister Greg Hunt said in comments posted on his website before the announcement. "There is no need to kill whales in the name of research," he added. "Non-lethal research techniques are the most effective and efficient method of studying all cetaceans." Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming whale hunts in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene. Japan accuses opponents of being emotional about whales and disregarding what it says is evidence to support its position. Despite the international disapproval, Japan has hunted whales under an exemption in the global whaling moratorium that allows for lethal research. It makes no secret of the fact that meat from the mammals—despite being killed ostensibly for research—is processed into food, and says the whale population in any case is big enough to allow sustainable whaling. However, the highest court of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, ruled in March 2014 that the annual Southern Ocean expedition was a commercial hunt masquerading as science to skirt the international moratorium. Respecting the judgement, Japan sent whaling ships to the ocean last season but they returned with no catch. A Fisheries Agency official said earlier Monday that Japan had submitted a new plan to the IWC reflecting recommendations the scientific committee made in June. "We think all the necessary procedures are over" before resuming the whaling, the official said. "As we seek to resume commercial whaling, it is crucial to get information as to whales' migration, reproductive rates and the age pyramid of the population for setting catch quotas," the fisheries official said. Lethal whaling is necessary "to get this kind of essential information," he said.

News Article | March 24, 2016
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Japan has confirmed the killing of more than 300 whales, 200 of which were pregnant females during its latest whaling mission. The announcement was made as ships from Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, which were in the Antarctic region since December 2015, returned Thursday from a "scientific" expedition, which the ICR claims is being done in the name of science. The Fisheries Agency said that the four-ship whaling fleet has returned to Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan having achieved the goal of taking 333 minke wales, 103 of which were males and 230 females. Of the mature females captured, 90 percent were pregnant. "The number of pregnant females is consistent with previous hunts, indicating that the breeding situation of minke whales in the Antarctic is healthy," the Fisheries Agency said in a statement. Japan's new quota is significantly fewer compared with its annual kill limit of 935 whales in the past. The reduction appears to have been influenced by criticisms and calls against the country's whaling practices. Eating whale is part of Japan's culture and the country has long claimed that most species of whale are not endangered. Its whaling practices though have long been a subject of criticism and its latest decision to conduct another whaling expedition is a defiance of the International Court of Justice ruling that declared the Antarctic whaling illegal. Many believe that Japan's whaling expeditions are not for scientific purpose. Australian Marine Conservation Society Director Darren Kindleysides said that international experts have examined Japan's so-called scientific research and found it was just a guise for killing whales. It appears, however, that the hunts are neither motivated by a market for whale meat. Although most of the meat from whale hunts ends up on shop shelves, many Japanese no longer eat them. Demand and consumption for whale meat per person has declined to just about 50 grams in 2005 from 2,000 grams in 1967 prompting shops in Japan to reduce the prices of whale meat by half in 2009 so as to move stockpiles. Japan plans to take nearly 4,000 whales for the next 12 years as part of its research program. It has also acknowledged looking forward for the resumption of commercial whaling.

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