Whaling is not a sustainable industry in Japan anymore, says study

Patrick Ramage, Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare Global Whale Programme gave a press conference in Tokyo yesterday

Patrick Ramage, Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare Global Whale Programme gave a press conference in Tokyo yesterday

Yesterday, February 5th, the International Fund for Animal Welfare released their report The Economics Of Japanese Whaling: A Collapsing Industry Burdens Taxpayers and held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan.

The report was based on research conducted during the course of a year and commissioned by the IFAW to examine the economic aspects of Japan’s whaling program.

A detailed report on the state of whaling in Japan and its lack of economic or diplomatic benefits for Japan.

A detailed report on the state of whaling in Japan and its lack of economic or diplomatic benefits for Japan.

Mr. Patrick Ramage, the IFWA Whale Programme Director, told reporters in Tokyo, “For the first time, we are able to demonstrate, based largely on the government of Japan’s own data, that this industry is in the red.”  The report also showed the steep decline of whale meat demand in Japan. The conclusions of the report include: Japan’s whaling industry has relied on taxpayer subsidies for over 20 years; a majority of the Japanese are indifferent to whaling and don’t want whale meat; and that commercial whaling is not sustainable without government aid. However, they did point out that there is a whale-centered industry in Japan that is profitable and needs no government subsidies: whale watching. Japan has 30 different whale and dolphin watching operators in more than a dozen locations from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

Comments
3 Responses to “Whaling is not a sustainable industry in Japan anymore, says study”
  1. RMilner says:

    I suspect it will prove to be sustainable as long as whaling port communities keep voting for LDP candidates.

  2. Taijibito says:

    No, not even with the help of the LDP. Whaling and (traditional) fishing used to feed e.g. the whole town of Taiji, and now only few people can work in the industry. And mostly younger people face unemployment and/or part-time fishing jobs that they cannot feed families with. Or simply have to wander off to other places in Japan to find jobs there.

Leave A Comment