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Activists rally in Tokyo against dolphin hunt

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Both sides won't have to worry about anything cause TEPCO is polluting an intire ocean. What don't people protest that?

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Leave them (dolphins) alone!

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If it's Japanese people protesting then I guess we should listen. But if there are sea shepherd idiots, then it's more of a reason we should continue just to annoy them.

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Both sides won't have to worry about anything cause TEPCO is polluting an intire ocean. What don't people protest that?

It isn't as simple matter as this...

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The right-wingers should leave these sign-carrying protesters alone and focus their nationalistic rage on the butyric acid-throwing Sea Shepherds.

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I like meet particularly beef. I am haunted by the ghosts of the mammal everynight. Are you too?

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Demonstrations, protesters, campaigning and dissent are of the utmost importance. They keep the general populace from stagnating completely. Once the majority becomes content and apathetic it is easily manipulated and ultimately controllable. It is easy to see how that has happened before, and how it could happen again (censorship, media control/influence, pampering, group conformity). The JT news discussion forum would not exist without the existence of free exchange of ideas.

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Those Japanese nationalists are dumb as a box of rocks with room temperature IQ's.

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About 50 activists gathered in central Tokyo

About 50? 50 moral extremists bothered to turn up? What a non-issue.

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I like how this is an anti dolphin hunting rally and one of the guys has a picture of an Orca whale... Even for whale hunting, Orca's are not on the target list... Talk about off topic.

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The Asian quest to rid the oceans of intelligent life continues....

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'Marching side by side with the environmentalists, a dozen Japanese nationalists shouted through loudhailers: “Get out of Japan! Hypocrites!”'

How are they hypocrites? The nationalists have no interest in the dolphins, only in themselves and the nation being praised. Once you don't praise them, it's "Get out!!".

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So, 50 people demonstrate against this barbaric practice. That only leaves another 130 million opinions to sway. Good luck!

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*RamzelSep. 01, 2013 - 12:16PM JST

I like how this is an anti dolphin hunting rally and one of the guys has a picture of an Orca whale... Even for whale hunting, Orca's are not on the target list... Talk about off topic.*

Actually Orca are the largest of the Dolphin family. So the activist has the right theme.

50 protestors is a bit of a non event though unfortunately.

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good initiative. every creature in this world has equal right to live. so we must follow the slogan "LIVE AND LET LIVE ". said by lord Mahavir 2500 years ago. NON-VIOLENCE IS THE BEST RELIGION

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This barbaric so called "cultural" practice only benefits a handfull of fishermen in one small town. They have sold the meat to local schools who fed it to the children, who now have mecury poisoning. Good enough reason to stop this i would have thought.

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A few people have commented on the small number of Japanese protesters but this is surely influenced by the lamentable domestic media coverage of the cull. One has to consider how people's attitudes are shaped. A lack of protest may simply reflect how an issue is presented rather than what someone's true attitude maybe if they had the facts to hand.

Japan Today readers outside Japan may be surprised to know that over recent years, there has been an increase in the number of travel and nature shows with reports on whale and dolphin watching, with the emphasis on how attractive these creatures are. These shows are indistinguishable from their western counterparts in the way they portray cetaceans as something to be marveled at rather than eaten. If any of these shows, after their viewers had just enjoyed stunning wildlife footage, followed up immediately with video of those same creatures being stabbed to death in shallow water, there would be an outcry as people in Japan generally react to wanton violence with the same horror and disgust as anywhere else.

Unfortunately, there is a virtual media embargo on the killing, leaving foreigners who watch Japanese TV to look on with bewilderment as the very animals that are clandestinely slaughtered are conversely treated as objects of appreciation for the viewing public. Some well-meaning Westerners will suggest Japanese people are not interested in the moral problems associated with repeatedly stabbing live dolphins and any attempt to raise the issue it is verging on cultural imperialism, but that is an extremely simplistic take on the local attitude to these animals which can be wildly contradictory.

The real hypocrites here are not the protesters but rather the major broadcasters who provide dumbed down programming without ever exploring the full logical implications and consequences of the material they present. As for the reasons behind the media blackout, we may speculate, but the influence of the powerful fisheries ministry over the broadcasters would appear a good place to start. If you are in Japan, look out for some cute dolphins coming soon to a TV screen near you! If you want to see images of the blood red water, you may have to look elsewhere. Peace!

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Disillusioned: "So, 50 people demonstrate against this barbaric practice. That only leaves another 130 million opinions to sway. Good luck!"

Isn't there some law that limits demonstrations to 50 people (when it's not against something foreign)?

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I do not understand why they wish to hunt dolphins, the problem with the word dolphin is that a dolphin is a fish while a porpoise is a mammal. We often call a porpoise a dolphin. Are they hunting the Porpoise ie, dolphin or the dolphin fish? I remain neutral on the subject as I do not have the facts. I never saw porpoise/dolphin for sale anywhere in Japan so I was unaware that they would be hunted.

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@Kent Mcgraw: Dolphin meat is not on sale everywhere but that which there is is very much dead mammal, not dolphin fish.

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@Kent Mcgraw... you've actually shocked me. You seriously believe a dolphin is a FISH? A porpoise and a dolphin are members of the same family which includes Orcas, Beluga and Sperm Whales - i.e., toothed whales. Do some research, mate.

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Isn't there some law that limits demonstrations to 50 people (when it's not against something foreign)?

Is there? (or is this another persecution complex thing?) You might remember the thousands outside the Diet protesting against nuclear power.

One has to consider how people's attitudes are shaped.

Look in the mirror or at wherever your country is on the map.

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Funny thing is Taiji gets all the media/hate but they only catch less than 10% of the legal catch allowed in Japan.

Plus other dolphin catches across the globe are ignored, bias here??

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