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Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling

After 31 years, Japan has resumed commercial whaling. These are some of the first few images from the newly-legal practice.

Age Old Japanese Practice is Back

Japan has begun commercial slaughter of whales again — over 3 decades after halting the practice. ITV AFPTV Japan resumes commercial whaling after decades-long ban. The expeditions mark an end to Japan’s memorandum on commercial whaling after the country withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC). But did Japan ever stop killing for whale meat? The resumption of commercial whaling has been the strong wish of not only the people of Kushiro but all those in the Japanese whaling industry. The practice was banned by the IWC in 1986after some species were nearly driven to extinction. Yet Japan continued to hunt under a “scientific research” quota — and much of the meat was sold for profit.

Japan caught as many as 1,200 whales in 2005 in protected Antarctic waters based on data from the IWC. Whales have been hunted for meat in Japan for centuries. Whale meat was promoted as a key source of protein in the post-WWII years, and included in school lunches. But cheaper meats have led to a decline in demand. As the amount of whale meat in the market has decreased due to whaling regulation, there have been less opportunities for ordinary people to eat whale. Fishermen are afraid eating whale will disappear in Japan, so they want more people to eat whale.

Whale meat represented only about 0.1% of Japan’s total meat consumption in 2016 based on local government data and only about 300 people are directly involved with whaling. But whaling supporters include Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Liberal Democratic Party head Toshihiro Nikai. The government plans to provide as much as $47 million towards whaling in 2019, dismissing international outrage over its decision. According to WWF, six out of the 13 great whale species are classified as endangered, even after decades of protection.

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07/02/2019 1:07 PM
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722 comments

  • Chris F.
    08/26/2019 05:19

    Fukushima is killing off marine mammals of the Pacific Ocean in record numbers. And Japan isn't held accountable for this world disaster they created! And now they are openly slaughtering whales. It's time to boycott everything Japanese tell they clean up fukushima and stop their raping of the environment!

  • Nishant G.
    07/25/2019 09:48

    Japanese are growing old day by day they should kill each other and eat instead of killing of these beautiful animal

  • Suzanne L.
    07/25/2019 07:13

    I visited Japan and found it a most wonderful, civilised country. Sad to realise that is just a veneer to cover up there true spirits. They are a bright and intelligent race, they must realise this practice is unacceptable now. Frankly appalled and will not return

  • Nonoy O.
    07/25/2019 07:05

    Nonsense.....

  • Mayurapriyan S.
    07/25/2019 02:14

    Looks like Tsunamis are justified.

  • Tara E.
    07/25/2019 00:36

    Anything so people have jobs. How low they stoop.

  • Shawn F.
    07/24/2019 18:51

    Your country is messed up.BADLY

  • Jonathan G.
    07/24/2019 14:21

    Ching chong

  • Jen S.
    07/24/2019 01:00

    Fukkers. Boycott Japan

  • Taipan S.
    07/22/2019 23:35

    Stop butchering Whales!! They are here for a Purpose.

  • Ali N.
    07/22/2019 16:16

    This is y tsunami periodically hits japan.respect mother nature

  • Vensana B.
    07/14/2019 14:14

    Dabogda samo pascetinu jeli..Najnekultirniji i konzervativniji narod ikad..😡😡😡

  • Syed M.
    07/13/2019 02:14

    they're already doing it with the bluefin tuna and now whales???

  • Ivana G.
    07/11/2019 13:37

    WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU

  • Julia C.
    07/11/2019 12:45

    😞

  • Julie E.
    07/10/2019 13:02

    That’s absolutely DISGUSTING 🤬🤬 They never stopped though. We have a show called Whale Wars I think. They go and fight them off of the whales. I hope they’re still doing it. I seriously wanted to join them for a season. I’d love to fight for whales

  • Balraj G.
    07/10/2019 07:35

    Volcanos will kill you all.bloody bastard

  • Pang Y.
    07/10/2019 05:27

    Fucker japanese, hope earth quake again,

  • Christelle T.
    07/09/2019 13:15

    s t o p

  • Manuel A.
    07/08/2019 20:49

    Schifo