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  • Looks like whale meat is back on the menu, kids!

    Looks like the Japanese have finally had enough being in the closet, and are now gonna be loud and proud about their love for whales:

    TOKYO (AFP) - Served as burgers and marinated with sweet and sour sauce, whale meat has returned to Japanese school lunches 20 years after it went off the menu amid global anti-whaling campaigns, officials said.

    Nearly 85 percent of public elementary and junior high schools in Wakayama, Japan's western whaling heartland, have begun whale meat lunches with school officials receiving positive responses from children.

    "Whale meat is served as burgers or meat balls or marinated with sweet and sour sauce so that children can eat it easily. Children say it is really tasty," said Wakayama education official Tetsuji Sawada.

    "The purpose of having whale meat lunch is to let our children know Japanese whaling tradition and whale food culture," he said, adding 57,900 children were enjoying the lunch in the prefecture, 450 kilometers (280 miles) west of Tokyo.

    International whaling was banned in 1982 with environmentalists arguing that whale populations were declining and that the hunt was cruel. Whale, a traditional part of the Japanese diet, went off nearly all school menus.

    Since 1987 Japan has used a loophole in the global moratorium and killed smaller mink whales for what it calls research. The estimated 2,000 tonnes of meat from each year's cull ends up in supermarkets and restaurants across Japan.

    But Sawada said such whale meat was too expensive for school lunch and the Wakayama educational office lobbied for months with Japan's Fisheries Agency to lower meat prices.

    "There was demand for whale meat but we simply could not afford it for school lunches. Before, the price of 100 grams (three 1/2 ounces) whale meat cost about 500 yen (four dollars), but now it costs about 125 yen, equivalent to that of chicken and pork," he said.

    "Thanks to the help from the government, we were able to offer whale meat for our children," Sawada said.

    Japan argues that research shows that whale populations are thriving and provides data showing whales are consuming valuable fish stocks -- points disputed by environmentalists.

    Japan says the global ban is disrespectful of its culture. Tokyo reportedly plans to tell an international meeting that begins May 30 in South Korea that it will start killing two larger species of whale considered endangered by the World Conservation Union.


    Where does the gaijinpot community stand on this one? Come on, humour me. This thread makes a change from the Yasukuni / China ____e that has been hogging this forum recently:-)

  • #2
    Thar She Blows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Originally posted by jonnyrobinson
    Japan argues that research shows that whale populations are thriving and provides data showing whales are consuming valuable fish stocks -- points disputed by environmentalists.

    Japan says the global ban is disrespectful of its culture. Tokyo reportedly plans to tell an international meeting that begins May 30 in South Korea that it will start killing two larger species of whale considered endangered by the World Conservation Union.

    Where does the gaijinpot community stand on this one? Come on, humour me. This thread makes a change from the Yasukuni / China ____e that has been hogging this forum recently:-)
    I think this is a whale of a problem, one waiting to blow. Now, if whales are in fact consuming valuable fish stocks, then they are killer whales, and since killing is bad unless performed by the only species capable of comletely unreflexive hypocrisy, surely the sooner we get rid of these waterborne vermins, the sooner we can ourselves render extinct all the remaining stocks of fish in all the seas. What's more, people forget that Japanese are a small, bowlegged people living in harmony with nature and the four seasons under the benevelont rule of the Son of Heaven, known more commonly as Ichiro. He is also a Mariner, and so would probably support the "harvesting" of those noxious mammalian crustaceans. For the doubters among us, I remind you of those Japanese solutions to the problem of balancing largely platitudinous environmental concern with the problem of facilitating unrestricted corporate greed (in the Native Tongue, Economic Issues):
    On that demographically efficient technique now known as Minamata Disease http://www.einap.org/envdis/Minamata.html
    On the Eternal harmony of Japanese Labour-Management:
    look up the Kyushu miner's strike thingy (yes, by yourself; Gaijin so damn Rezi!)

    In the meantime, I'm heading dopwn to Wakayama for lunch next week. Anyone wanna go. It's gonna be a whale of a lunch.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kurogane
      I think this is a whale of a problem, one waiting to blow...In the meantime, I'm heading dopwn to Wakayama for lunch next week. Anyone wanna go. It's gonna be a whale of a lunch.
      *shivers, then smacks kurogane in the back of his head* C'mon! You can do better than that!

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      • #4
        Sorry. I've got a cold. A little off my game here.

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