This video says about itself:
Think whaling is essential for Japan? Think again. Most whale meat that is gathered just sits in cold storage. Statistics show that 95% of everyone in Japan either rarely eats or never had whale meat. The only reason Japan continues this brutal practice is for pride. Hundreds of lives are destroyed because the government of Japan, like so many others, put themselves before the Earth.
From the Daily Telegraph in Britain:
Billions of pounds earmarked for the reconstruction of areas of Japan devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami have been diverted to projects with [no] connection to the recovery work, such as whaling research
By Julian Ryall, Tokyo
11:49AM BST 25 Sep 2012
An investigation by NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, has revealed that substantial portions of the Y19 trillion (£150.2 billion) that is being raised by tax increases and government spending cuts between 2011 and 2015 are going to promote the whaling industry, to train prison inmates and even to fund nuclear research.
The report comes as companies in the regions hardest-hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake complain that they have yet to receive more than 60 per cent of the subsidies that were promised by the national and prefectural government to get their businesses up and running again.
The ministry that overseas Japan’s “research whaling” – condemned internationally as thinly disguised commercial whaling – defended the allocation of Y2.28 billion (£18 million) on the grounds that it would help the economies of coastal communities recover from the disaster.
September 2012. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging Japan to abandon its Antarctic whaling programme and stop wasting public money on a cruel and outdated industry. The Japanese whaling fleet’s ageing factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, needs repairs estimated to run into millions of dollars in order to make the voyage to the Southern Ocean to hunt Minke whales later this year: here.
Japan’s annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean is in doubt this year because the fleet’s factory ship is in need of repairs: here.
Japan: Whaling Group Suffers Financial Loss: here.
A battle is brewing over whaling in the Southern Ocean between Australia and Japan. Australia’s Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has reiterated his government’s strong opposition to Japan’s “scientific whaling” program, dismissing claims that the expeditions have any scientific research merit: here.
- Japanese appetite for whale meat wanes (abc.net.au)
- ‘Nothing Scientific’ About Japanese Whale Hunt, Australia Says (theepochtimes.com)
- Whale meat unattractive for 90% of Japanese – poll (tokyotimes.com)
- Australia won’t monitor Japanese whaling (radionz.co.nz)
- NZ joins Australia in court against Japanese whaling (reuters.com)
- Meet the woman battling Japan’s whaling fleet in Antarctic ocean (guardian.co.uk)
- The Japanese public’s opinion on whaling: two different results from single survey (japandailypress.com)
- Japanese whaling fleet leaves port (abc.net.au)
- NZ legally challenges Japanese whaling (nzherald.co.nz)