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Whale meat is still not recognized as an ordinary food product. I want to spread the word about delicious ways to eat whale meat, even to people who have never tried it before.

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Ryusuke Serita, who runs a whale meat processing and sales business in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture. The whaling industry is striving to modernize by building a new mother ship and cutting costs through joint operations, but its future is still uncertain, as the popularity of whale meat remains low.

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I had a whale steak with ginger in Nagasaki that was absolutely delicious. Don't see it very often in the super markets these days.

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It’s nothing spectacular, certainly not worth killing a magnificent animal for what at best taste like chicken.

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I've had whale a couple times, including dolphin (considered a type of whale in Japan).

Both the whale and dolphin tasted nothing like chicken, and the dolphin in particular was far from delicious. Actually, the dolphin was quite metallic tasting, and I could only stomach a couple bites. So aside from a variety of ethical and health reasons, I would strongly advocate not to consume this animal if only for taste alone!

But any large sea creature (from whale to walrus to tuna) has a high density of carcinogens and heavy metals in their meat due to being at the upper end of the food chain and feeding within the toxic stew called the ocean. This is proven scientific fact, and one reason why Inuit populations living within pristine Alaska and Canada have severely high mercury levels in their blood.

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Cricky....

It’s nothing spectacular, certainly not worth killing a magnificent animal for what at best taste like chicken.

You have obviously never eaten whale or Chicken. Or have zero sense of taste.

Whale steak is great. I've also had something described as whale bacon which wasn't.

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I asked a few old-timers (former manager from work and volunteers of our stray cat patrol) who are all well into retirement if they had whale meat.

They all did, but as the post-war school lunch diets. NOT ONE of them has regrets about whale meat or has eaten any in private after that. They are all gaga over Maguro and whatsits, but whale meat? Nope. This, being in-line with the results of many polls in Japan.

The main reason that this industry is still even a thing these days is only due to how heavily the J-gov has subsidized it...for all the wrong reasons: electoral ones...

Long story short: our tax-payers' money covers for the deficit of the industry.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Don’t kill whales!!

Don’t Eat Whales!!

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Whale meat is still not recognized as an ordinary food product. I want to spread the word about delicious ways to eat whale meat, even to people who have never tried it before.

Stupid. Its not healthy, not popular etc..

He'd be much better off promoting venison and wild boar- both of which are abundant in Japan and are considered pests.

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It’s popular among 90+ year-olds, who were fed whale meat in elementary school during the war. Young people, most of them, think it is ... well, they are missing those fond memories that great grandpa has.

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As mentioned, when I ate dolphin I was somewhat obliged to do so due a situation of my own making. I was visiting my spouse's family and we were shopping at the local supermarket together. In the fresh meat/fish area I saw a peculiar cut of animal very different that anything I had ever seen before. I was told it was dolphin and was curious to try it. So I bought it, and grandma made a pot of stew with it, but I (the sole gaijin there) was the only one who ate any. The elder folks all said they had to eat it as kids in school (up to the early 1960s), but none wanted to eat any ever again. After a couple bites, I immediately understood why.

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Mercury laden. We do not need to eat these magnificent mammals. They have a purpose in the oceans. They are also sentient, family oriented, sing to each other, and know when slaughter occurs and show grief. What more is needed to know? Leave them alone.

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Whale meat tastes absolutely horrible and the industry only survives based on massive government subsidies due to its wacky rightwing appeal. You might as well suck on the open end of an old fashion mercury-in-glass thermometer as you will get the same amount of mercury from either the thermometer or the whale meat.

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I agree that Japan should focus on wild boar or venison, both are far more delicious than whale. I was also in a situation where I was obliged to eat whale. To me it actually kind of tasted like wild boar, though not as strong. I saw absolutely no reason why someone would want to eat it over pork.

I find it funny that lamb is still unpopular in Japan. People even say it smells bad or tastes funny. I guess it depends what you grew up with, but you can't tell me natto, daikon, and the large variety of guts and excretions they fry up here are fine, but a lamb chop smells gross!

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Well, if you want to eat a few common minke whales, go for it, I reckon, provided you don’t endanger the species’s survival. You had better leave our bloody humpbacks alone though. We nearly killed them back In the 60’s here in Oz and we don’t want to go back to those bad old days. They’re too precious. The whale bacon I tried once out of obligation didn’t do much for me though, frankly. There are far more efficient means of getting protein into your diet, surely

5 ( +5 / -0 )

save the whales!!

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Why are our taxes used to subsidize the whale industry? Meanwhile some schools have to cut quality (replacing fresh fruits by jelly) because of tight budgets.

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Whale meat is still not recognized ...as food

Grandpa, it's no longer recognized. Humans have eaten whales to the point of near exctinction. It's over. Forget it.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

End whaling. Put the money and effort into other things.

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Jeepers. What whale meat tastes like is completely irrelevant. Stop the slaughter, Japan and Norway.

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There is absolutely NO reason to eat whale or dolphin!!!! It is disgusting remnants of war time Japan!!! Anyone who is thinking of eating dolphin should watch The Cove 2009 first!!!

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Jeepers. What whale meat tastes like is completely irrelevant. Stop the slaughter, Japan and Norway.

Better add South Korea to the list, while you're at it.

"A loophole allows South Korean fishermen who “accidentally” catch whales to sell them legally, helping support a thriving industry in certain towns."

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/south-korea-whaling-bycatch

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Steve:

Don’t Eat Whales!!

Stop screaming about what goes on Neighbor's dinner table. It's none of your business.

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Now, all we need is to stop Japan from killing whales. The government banned serving whale meat to school students nationwide because of high mercury content. So what’s the point in continuing this barbaric practice? Let’s work together to save these beautiful creatures

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