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.


07/02/2019 1:07 PM


  • 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

  • Ali N.
    07/22/2019 16:16

    This is y tsunami periodically hits japan.respect mother nature

  • Manuel A.
    07/08/2019 20:49


  • Simone N.
    07/08/2019 20:14


  • Himanshu S.
    07/07/2019 20:28

    Hey, USA!!! please do the favour one more time.😑😑

  • Rob G.
    07/07/2019 15:33

    Animals no need to do this

  • Suresh K.
    07/07/2019 07:41

    so sad to see.

  • Ryan B.
    07/07/2019 07:00

    This is disgusting! Japan should banned it again... Killing innocent animals is not anybodys right....

  • Avni S.
    07/07/2019 06:18

    If only there was some magic wherein they eat whales, become whales and then get eaten by other humans, let this cycle continue

  • Vikrant K.
    07/06/2019 19:19

    chutiya japanies 🤬🤬🤬

  • Chongtham N.
    07/06/2019 05:16

    They should get bomed again.......fkng retards.....I mean don't they know what's happening..... shamelessly proclaiming people have no right to criticize I don't feel so bad about "Nagasaki &Heroshima"

  • Dinesh P.
    07/05/2019 22:34

    That is why Japan is prone to natural calamities!! Nature has it's way to deal with such problems ..

  • Christopher C.
    07/05/2019 22:11

    Boycott all Japan products and stop sending aid. I bet they change then.

  • Johann M.
    07/05/2019 19:49

    They don't care, they strip foxes out of their fur while they still alive and u see them with tears while they die in pain. And also they do the same to the poor dogs. They don't have NO FUCKING COMPASION. Heart less and inhane people

  • Michelle P.
    07/05/2019 19:40


  • Muhammad I.
    07/05/2019 18:36

    If they want to eat whales then they should do whale farming instead capturing from the sea

  • Tsumyth D.
    07/05/2019 16:55

    Why Japan... Why😱😩😞🙁😭😭

  • Kevin H.
    07/05/2019 16:21

    Just stop buyinh Japanese products - end of discussion. Trump just BAN them from trading like u did Huawei....simples.

  • Sonu Y.
    07/05/2019 13:55

    I against to whale catching and commercilation ,shame Japan this is look like a crime against nature ...

  • Roland H.
    07/05/2019 13:07

    Japans also need food

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