New report suggests Japanese whaling industry is drowning

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It is a national tradition that has boiled the blood of environmentalists for decades, but a recent report says the Japanese whaling industry is dead in the water.

While the government has always asserted that eating whale meat was an indispensable part of Japanese culture, a report compiled by the U.S-based International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says demand for whale meat has fallen to a historic low. In 2011, whale meat consumption was just one per cent of its peak of 230,000 tonnes in 1962. The report says the whaling industry employed fewer than 1,000 people last year, and has only survived due to government subsidies, without which it would collapse. A decision to divert money from the tsunami disaster relief to prop up the whaling industry provoked an outcry.

Though the industry is fading, it may never disappear entirely. Eating whale meat can be traced back to the earliest Japanese religious texts and half the protein eaten in Japan during the Second World War was whale. But the report found 89 per cent of Japanese people had not bought whale meat in the past year. The IFAW recommends an entirely different kind of hunting called whale-watching.

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New report suggests Japanese whaling industry is drowning

  1. Whaling industryof Japan looks complicated.
    However, a conclusion is very simple.
    Whaling of Japan of the Antarctic Ocean exists only in the act which “kills whales “.
    It is the industryof only” killing whales”.

    1) A fishery prefecture has a 5000-ton stockpile.
    2) It was reported by IFAW that Japanese people hardly consume whale meat.

    The act which kills this whale gives a *2 billion yen economic effect to a fleet-of-whalers
    port of call.
    A meaning will not be made, if this whaling is “research whaling” for the Fisheries
    Agency and it will be “commercial whaling.” Although the whale meat which is a by-product of the “research whaling” which they say will sell, it will not sell, but this does not have a meaning, either.
    The Japanese government has continued claiming “Food culture” and
    “tradition” as an overseas-oriented announcement.
    The act of this “whale murder” is just the truth that they want to continue. However,
    this cannot be announced to the world honestly.
    The government of one country is making industry continue only the murder act of other races. (**A tax is used and revival money is appropriated for the budget. )
    The Yamaguchi prefecture is the greatest whaling promotion prefecture. In order for Prime
    Minister expression Abe from Yamaguchi Prefecture to affirm this slaughter
    industry, the maximum tries hard. The Abe whaling Cabinet was supported by the
    powerful whaling lobby group, and was inaugurated.
    Please note that the diplomacy of the future Japanese government is made for the purpose of whaling industrial continuation.
    If it does not yield to the pressure from the world but whaling of the Japanese government
    continues to industrial continuation of only this slaughter, I will suspect “the Japanese government is a stockpile of the whale meat for the third World War.”
    This war preparation must be a threat to the world.
    The Western countries which have not yielded to ODA money of Japan should examine to Japan.

    *”charges for custody of a cold storage warehouse . Stay of the family of crew, such as an
    agency about the delivery charge to every place, and entry into port, the persons concerned, etc. etc. — economic effect of presumption of about 2 billion yen .
    Shimonoseki isaimed at as a lasting base of a whaling survey ship team.”
    By Shimonoseki-shi, Mayor Tomoaki Nakao ( Yamaguchi Prefecture ).
    **It is an about 2,300 million yen subsidy as “revival of an
    area-devastated-by-an-earthquake region” to a research whaling enterprise.

    Tradition ? foodculture? Infanticide of a whale? NO !
    It does not have a meaning altogether except the act to kill.
    The Japanese government and the whaling industry cannot perform logical explanation justly to the world about this slaughter. Because, “there is whaling first”.
    All reasons were attached later.
    This act of the Japanese government for the purpose of slaughter should be judged by the world.
    “Abe whaling Cabinet.”
    1, “Shinzo
    Abe ” (new prime minister ), comes from Yamaguchi- prefecture and
    Yamaguchi-prefecture is a huge whaling promotion prefecture.( Shimonoseki is
    the city of the Yamaguchi prefecture. )
    2, “Yoshimasa Hayashi ” (as new minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries-the
    position responsible for whaling policy).He also comes Yamaguchi -Prefecture.
    3, “Taro Aso ” ( vice Prime Minister minister) is also powerful “pro-whaling lobby”
    4,”Shigeru Ishiba” is also powerful “pro-whaling lobby”

    Now It is becoming famous that “Shinzo Abe ” is the greatest whaling promoter.
    His wife advertizes a whale meat hamburger and enjoys a dolphin show.
    Abe ,himself commented to the press that the Yamaguchi prefecture is the prime minister’s
    place of production. I think that this means taking the prime minister’s post by support of powerful whaling Lobby group. That is, Abe who became the prime minister has the consciousness that whose whaling industry is protected it is a mission.

    1) “The Japanese whalers are far more aggressive this year than in past campaigns.”
    2) Introduction of the tax fund and the tsunami relief funds to whaling industry

    Present Cabinet began to move to “the mission of whaling industrial relief” certainly.
    I say once again.
    Slaughter of a whale which this Japan is performing is the most meaningless in the long
    history of the human being who kills other races.
    This act of the Japanese government for the purpose of slaughter should be judged by the world.
    Why are Japanese people ignorance at a whaling issue? A Japanese whale research institute uses every year on publicity work in 600 million yen.
    There are very many differences of the whaling issue information in overseas and Japan by the manipulation of information of major media.
    “The Japanese need to get to know nothing. Pay a tax silently. Whaling is nationalized.”
    This is the expectation of the Japanese government.

    from tokyo

  2. ps.
    Do major media of Japan tell the Japanese in IFAW`s precious information and proposal?
    It is this very manipulation of information to make thinking of a whaling issue stopped in japan.
    The young generation in the Internet may smash this nostalgic whaling delusion generation.
    This is the only hope in Japan.
    I appreciate IFAW`s action from the bottom of my heart.
    I appreciate an anti-whaling country, ngo, and npo as one of Japanese.
    And I pray for safety for people who are fighting in order to make this slaughter stopped.

  3. Japanese Blood Products

    There is a way to get Japan to stop the slaughter of dolphins and
    whales. The true power of Japan lies in the zaibatsu or industrial
    conglomerates. Traditionally government has acted more as handmaidens to
    such industrial powerhouses as Mitsubishi or Mitsui or Sumitomo than as
    true representatives of the people. Hence the moniker: Japan Inc. Like
    the zaibatsu, latter-day conglomerates such as Toyota, Sony, Panasonic,
    Honda, Toshiba, Fujitsu and so on are, at present, very vulnerable. On
    top of a fragile economy, Toyota’s product recall debacle has started to
    spill over into a consumer backlash against identifiably Japanese
    products in general. Indeed, Honda has just launched a feel-good
    campaign to distance itself from Toyota while ensuring the consumer
    connects notions of trust and reliability with Honda products.

    Obviously, the slaughter of cetaceans is of little economic value to
    Japan: at issue are a few hundred jobs and a few million dollars at
    most. Certainly, when compared to the trillions of dollars in trade that
    the Japanese high tech, consumer electronics and automotive sectors are
    worth, cetaceans are small fry. The objective then is to first of all
    threaten those key industries, and if that doesn’t work, carry out the
    threats. This can be achieved in a three-step approach.

    Step One

    Set up an ad hoc NGO specifically mandated to tackle the Japanese side
    of cetacean issues once and for all. Forget the Norwegians for the
    moment. They can be dealt with once Japan is out of the picture. This
    should be an umbrella organization working on behalf of all the
    disparate stakeholders and activists currently involved in these
    particular cetacean issues.

    Find an ad agency willing to work pro bono for prestige. The mere act of
    searching for such a media company will be enough to alert some
    Japanese companies of the looming threat outlined below in step two
    while tipping off their international competitors to the opportunities
    that are outlined below in step three.

    Step Two – The Carrot

    Approach the Japanese. Deals in Japan are best made in the back room.
    Make a high-level pitch to key government departments and the CEOs and
    VPs of the top 100 or so key industrial players in critical export
    industries. The gist of the pitch will be simple: unveil a subtle,
    sophisticated mockup campaign demonizing Japanese exports as “blood
    products”. Make it clear that the campaign and its derivatives need
    never see the light of day. Make it also clear that this mockup is only
    the beginning of a campaign of absolute terror designed to devastate
    Japanese industry unless the dolphin slaughter and the whale hunt are
    relegated to history. Indicate that Japan Inc. has a one-time only
    opportunity to reap a positive public relations dividend by acting
    within the next three months. Corporate Japan must lean on government
    and do it fast. If not, then Step Three will be deployed at great peril
    to Japanese industry.

    Face is an important consideration in Japan. Negotiating out of the
    limelight will avoid embarrassment that could lead to intractability.
    Japan is fed up with being bullied around by the international community
    and has bizarrely formulated its stance on cetacean issues in the
    mistaken belief that these are largely Japanese issues. The opportunity
    to pretend that it is joining the global community of its own volition,
    while gaining kudos that translate into trade, is a potentially powerful

    At the same time, the prospect of losing face, should the whole issue
    blow up in the public eye, can be a powerful motivator as well.
    Indecisive prevaricating has been the defining theme of modern Japan.
    The prospect of failing to act yet again, knowing that Japanese industry
    will be assailed on all sides, might be just enough to push the
    glacially slow political process forward.

    Step Three – The Stick

    If direct talks fail, approach competing American, European and
    especially Korean industrialists at an equally high level with a pitch
    demonstrating the strategic advantage of connecting Japan and its “blood
    products” — across the board — with cetacean slaughter. These
    corporations will be aware of the advantages of appearing
    cetacean-friendly in the minds of consumers but may not yet realize that
    these issues can be leveraged to deal a powerful body blow to their
    Japanese competitors.

    Expect a variety of responses. The timid will sit on the sidelines
    vacillating. Others will be reluctant to take Japan on directly but may
    be persuaded to make cetacean-friendly donations though their charitable
    portfolios. Some of these will even be willing to support a direct
    assault on Japanese “blood products” via an ad hoc third party. Finally
    there are those, motivated by desperate times, which will be inclined to
    take Japan Inc. on directly in order to appeal to those consumer
    segments which are motivated by Earth Issues. The payoff could be
    exceptional with direct sales and a significant slice of market share up
    for grabs.

    An assault can take many forms. Companies opting for direct action
    should consider mounting creative conventional media campaigns which
    tastefully denigrate competing Japanese products by linking them to
    cetacean slaughter and, at the same time, dissociating their own
    products from such environmentally heinous acts. Companies will realize
    that a huge opportunity exists, because of the controversial nature of
    such a campaign, to reap a massive dividend in free advertising as media
    throughout the world carry the first and best attack ads out of the

    New Media should not be overlooked. There are immense benefits worth
    exploring in the realm of viral marketing as well: generating
    controversial content for YouTube, StumbleUpon and other social media,
    including even simple e-mail distribution. The costs are insignificant
    while the payoff potential is huge.

    Where companies have existing procurement contracts with Japanese
    companies an opportunity exists to serve notice that those arrangements
    will be reviewed in the light of Japan’s continuing intransigence on
    cetacean issues.

    Korea is a critical player in this strategy. Korean industry is very
    much in an ascendant phase much as industry in Japan is on the
    downswing. This is no coincidence. Korea has spent the last decades
    emulating Japanese success in precisely the sectors that Japan has been
    so successful in defining and dominating.

    There are no holds barred in Korean business practices. The objective is
    to make money as fast as possible. Asians in general aren’t
    particularly sensitive to the value of nebulous green issues in
    marketing but you can bet that the Madison Avenue handlers of companies
    like Samsung, Hyundai, KIA, LG, and other chaebol will recognize the
    opportunity once it is demonstrated to them.

    Self-interest can be harnessed to bring about social change. Global
    advertising agencies serve themselves best when serving their corporate
    masters whether warning their Japanese clients that something is afoot
    or elucidating an opportunity for competing clients elsewhere in the
    world. Japanese multinationals have a vested interest in seeing that
    Japanese political policies are aligned with those of the globe. Other
    multinationals can serve their own interests best by taking advantage of
    that misalignment. NGOs, for their part, serve their own interests by
    opening new avenues of funding and developing new approaches to

    Please pass this on to the people within your organization best able to
    assess and take action on the basis of this e-mail. Towards
    consensus-building, pass it on also to like-minded people throughout the

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