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52% of Japanese favor whaling, poll shows

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I fnd it very interesting that 52%, mostly men, are in favour of it, but only 12% want to eat it. Flipping a proverbial finger at the rest of the world?

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Well with only 12% in eating the meat then l guess there goes the tradition argument that gets thrown up every time someone questions the Japanese on why they keep whaling. I guess as Nicky said given the low rate of consumption then the only reason to continue whaling is to give the rest of the world the birdie and show whos boss

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One way to interpret the numbers is, that the Japanese people is buying that this hunt is for scientific purposes.

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I do not trust these phone polls at all. I was called once in the UK re politics views and voting intentions. Some questions were quite vague and some seemed to point you to a preferred response.

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But not eating it! There are about 6,000 tons of whale meat in stockpile and started giving it to schools for lunch but most children hate it.

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@ Nicky - exactly! It's not a hugely popular dish; people don't really care about eating it (according to those whom I've talked to)...they just want to show the world that it's their tradition and they can do what they want. Frustrating, because although it might be 'their' tradition, these are not 'their' whales .. or dolphins! They belong to the world, to the oceans!

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So what you could say is, 48% are not in favour of whaling in Japan; an issue that the government seems so strong to defend. The same statistic can tell you all sorts of things you want to hear.

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I have taken pictures of the whale meat I have eaten. Blubber and bacon are the best.

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I have had to eat it a few times on business dinners as the business partner order it for everyone.

Now when they fork out about 25.000+Yen per person and a multi-million dollar deal is being negotiated = Itadakimasu (like it or not).

Many Japanese do consider it a luxury and think it is a treat, giving the prices it can go for at some restaurants. 5000yen for a few slices of bacon, etc at an Izakaya.

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Where did they hold this survey? Taiji by any chance. Most people I speak to have no interest what-so-ever in killing or eating whale meat.

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So what you could say is, 48% are not in favour of whaling in Japan;

Soldave, RTFA, not just the headline. "52% favor it, 35% are neutral and 13 percent are opposed"

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it's ME, it's not all expensive. Not to my taste. (along with all meat, but, each to his / her own).

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Interesting headline. It could have easily said 13% of Japanese oppose whaling, poll shows

It's almost as if this site has an agenda...

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the Japanese public narrowly favors whaling for commercial purposes

This is interesting. I've been reading a thread on Mixi this week about rabies jabs for dogs; some people were against it, others thought it was unnecessary, but the overwhelming opinion was that all dogs should be inoculated 'because it's the law'. Now here we've got a majority (just) of people claiming that they're in favour of something that at the moment is illegal. That doesn't sound very Japanese to me at all. I agree with steve; it's likely the question was phrased to elicit the desired response.

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Heda_Madness

It's almost as if this site has an agenda...

Exactly, and lm just waiting for JT's pro whaling lobbyist David@Tokyo to weigh in and regale us with facts about the legality of the whaling and how its traditional and the IWC blah blah blah.

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Don't know why I got some down votes on my last comment?

At least the whaling in the Southern Oceans seems to have ended thanks to the great campaign by Sea Shepherd but whaling will continue in it's own waters?

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taj.

Agree it can be had cheaper, but depending on restaurant you pay more for the trimmings than the same food you could get cheaper.

Wouldn't order it myself(meat eating vegetable here) though.

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It"s Me: Isn't it funny that after WWII a lot of people ate whale meat SOLELY because there was no other means to get the necessary nutrition, and now it's considered a delicacy?

Anyway, this was a survey of a few people, and that's all. And most of the people in favour of whaling would not eat the meat put on their plate as a result. Says a lot.

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This result comes as no surprise. The government has claimed that Japan conducts whaling only for research purpose. Thus, most people have rare opportunity to eat whale meat. It is predictable that most people are not so interested in food they rarely have.

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52% of Japanese favor whaling, poll shows

I wish I knew which group this this 52% belongs to. The one that is fully knowledge about this issue as a whole, or the other that doesn't.

zichiSep. 06, 2011 - 10:11AM JST Don't know why I got some down votes on my last comment?

'cause that's a popularity rating(see the button up there) and not an intellect or connotation rating. Most of us cannot be bothered with clicking this button, it's used only by a small group of the readers , as it seems, mostly on emotional base and inconsequentially.

It's s standard feature for discussion boards to help reader to find the most interesting posts when there are too many messages or to give you a competitive edge. it works a bit differently here, I would say JT readers were never too supportive toward each other. You made a valid point, told the truth, that's enough to become unpopular anywhere not just on this board. You were right forget about the rest.

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The reason anybody supports whaling in Japan is that the government has constructed this as a nationalistic issue. A vote for whaling is a vote for the home side. It's similar to a sport in which almost nobody takes part and few go to watch, but if you hold an international match and have people choose, they will cheer the national side. The government has played this well. It is like all the other huge wastes of taxpayer money that benefit a small handful of special interests and bureaucrats. They spend ridiculous amounts of money to gather mercury contaminated whale meat. Then they feed the poison to school pupils, like they are doing with TEPCO's caesium.

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Th Japanese are an endangered species. With the current birth rate they'll be extinct by the end of the century. The whales just need to hang in there for another 90 years, or so.

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in regards to the figures in this survey, i find it fascinating that so many posters here have such a myopic view that they can't fathom why on earth the Japanese might react negatively to foreign pressure on whaling.

i guess most people here have never read a book on Japanese history. shame, because then they wouldn't need to waste so much time on JT.

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@The Munya Times..it COULD be that, but it only seems to happen when there is a day full of the emperor, NK,US in Okinawa, Whaling and anti China articles.. lol A click is so much easier than actually expressing an opinion.

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I detest these dumb polls. They do not represent the Japanese public. And even if they did the public does not get to decide on international treaties. Some tribes have chosen to live the same life styles for thousands of years. Like those who hunt for protein food on islands in the Pacific the same way their ancestors did more than a thousand years ago. They don't use modern weapons, they hunt only in certain seasons, they catch only what they really need. The species are sustained. There is no need for 'scientific research'. They know more about nature and science than the greedy ones. The Japanese public really has no clue about the need to protect the whale.

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"66% have little or no interest in eating it" =/= "would not eat the meat put on their plate", SmithinJapan, but I do note the irony of a survival food having become a luxury item.

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Ever ate any SPAM?

Neither a staple nor a food. Bit like whale.

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Contacted by landline might seem random, but it isn't. It gets worse if they only called in late morning and early afternoon. A bunch of unemployed old people don't represent Japan. Too many young people simply don't have landlines any more.

We can also figure by this poll that it is usually females who have the brains to realize that "I don't know" is a valid option.

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Killing of whales and dolphins will bring back bad karma.

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Do they support government money being thrown at whaling so that ex-public servants can get a cushy job?

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Interesting headline. It could have easily said 13% of Japanese oppose whaling, poll shows

Or 87% unopposed

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Regardless of where one stands on whaling, it just costs too much for a nation that has no money and is drowning in debt. I don't want to subsidize it with my tax money and neither should anyone else.

Oh, and I don't want to subsidize politicians' inflated wages either (20 million yen / year is the AVERAGE salary for Diet members)... just imagine how much money Japan would save if politicians' salaries were cut by, oh, 70% or so...

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Contacted by landline might seem random, but it isn't. It gets worse if they only called in late morning and early afternoon. A bunch of unemployed old people don't represent Japan. Too many young people simply don't have landlines any more.

Yes, EXACTLY!! The majority of people I know do not own a landline. I didn't have one for many years until my husband insisted in having a fax machine installed at home. Still, these polls seem pretty bogus to me. How can you rely the veracity and validity when the highest amount of people that participated are seniors, probably 65 years and up.. It just doesn't make any sense. (-_-)

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Darren BrannanSep. 06, 2011 - 12:32PM JST

You're right. Point taken. I always prefer people expressing themselves verbally, though. Leastways those who can at all or willing to take the trouble.

As for the whaling I think one of the main reason that makes it evergreen on this board is because for both, the Japanese government and all the Japanese nation, it is about much more than whaling as many posters among others warnerbroSep. 06, 2011 - 11:28AM JST wrote.

I can't help commenting but, turning back to your reflection on the clicking thing, after the Japanese government's long years of fumbling and their failure to solve this problem professionally it seems to me they do nothing more than clicking on the thumb-down button in foreign policy. They can talk to their own people well, but hardly to the international community. Homeland approval won't make their stand stronger in the world.

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Yeeeaaah, I'm not buying that it's 52%. It's certainly not the kind of poll a responsible government should be basing policy on.

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When Yahoo Japan took a poll back in 2006, 90% of Japanese favored commercial whaling.

http://polls.dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/quiz/quizresults.php?poll_id=120&wv=1&typeFlag=1

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Killing of whales and dolphins will bring back bad karma.

If you want to look at it that way, then I would say it already has.

@taj: RTFA !!! Never heard that one before. Brilliant! Took me a few seconds but I got there in the end!

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all in the same boat. typical of "The Japanese".

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Besides making more friends internationaly by abandoning the killing of whales and dolphins, they may find a more lucrative and profitable tourism business in whale and dolphin watching.

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The 12% might as well just suck down the mercury in their themometers at the same time as they eat whale. Same effect of their bodies, just filling it with mercury either way. Yum. Blubber with mercury. Pass over the radioactive beef too while you are it.

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10 million people who are "deeply interested in eating whale meat", eh. Who'd have thunk it? These 10 million people have the right to choose what they eat, in my opinion.

I wonder how "deeply interested" was defined. I had whale last month. I wonder if I'd be included.

smithinjapan,

Anyway, this was a survey of a few people, and that's all.

The survey is what it is. There is no need or point in making excuses for reality. (Of course if the survey had an obviously biased sponsor it'd be another matter.)

kaketama,

most people have rare opportunity to eat whale meat. It is predictable that most people are not so interested in food they rarely have.

This supposition does indeed make sense. At the end of the day, few if any people, actually need any specific food. I largely avoid beef myself. But golly gee I believe I have the right to choose whether or not I eat it, and same goes for more prolific whale munchers than myself.

warnerbro,

The reason anybody supports whaling in Japan is that the government has constructed this as a nationalistic issue.

That argument doesn't wash since many non-Japanese also have no problem with sustainable whaling.

presto345,

I detest these dumb polls. They do not represent the Japanese public.

Oh great, perhaps you are omniscient and can tell us how everything stands instead?

The Japanese public really has no clue about the need to protect the whale.

It has nothing to do with the Japanese public. There is no need to give absolute protection to "the whale".

tranel,

I don't want to subsidize it with my tax money and neither should anyone else.

Agreed. It should be commercialised once again as soon as possible. Only problem is the IWC is dysfunctional and even though sustainable commercial catch quotas can be set, some nations refuse to allow this for reasons with nothing to do with conservation or the whaling convention that they signed up to.

Christina O'Neill,

Besides making more friends internationaly by abandoning the killing of whales and dolphins

I don't think "friends" who are arrogant and intolerant of others freedoms are friends worth having.

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Here is the full poll, for those interested: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.com/ http://www.ap-gfkpoll.com/pdf/AP-Gfk%20Poll%20Japan%202nd%20release.pdf

It includes the questions and full results.

The article is actually very misleading. Many commenters here seem to have got the impression that hardly anyone wants to eat whale meat.

The actual survey results show interest in eating whale meat as such: Extremely/Very - 12% Moderately interested - 21% Only a little - 26% Not at all - 41%

E.g., most people do have some interest in eating whale, to varying degrees. This reconciles with the answer to the question about support for commercial whaling.

No doubt having stated these poll results clearly, I'll be voted down hard for it by the JT anti-whaling tribe :)

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Dont take the Japanese wrong! They dont seriously like the taste of whale meat. The tasty parts are too expensive and most Japanese are more economical than to spend money for that! The main reason they hunt whales is because whales are competing with the Japanese over fish! If you eat a fish that belongs to the Japanese, that means war! You may be a Chinese, a Russian, a Korean, or just a whale or a dolphin!

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