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Posted in: Fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism See in context

@Thunderbird2

They don't exist just so we can eat them.

Technically humans are at the top of the food chain and as such anything bellow that is "Fair Game" your choice is not to eat them and that is fine no arguments from me.

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Posted in: Fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism See in context

@UR22335

Very well said. And I feel the same. watching dolphins get killed is horrible the same with all animals its not a nice thing to watch. But that's where food comes from and I'm aware of that. This is why they are covering the cove with tarps its not nice to watch but that's their livelihood and life in Taiji.

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Posted in: ANA pulls TV ad after online furor See in context

How could people be offended by this Ad. Is a fake wig and a fake nose enough to do it? Wow people should calm down and look at real discrimination. And is imitating another race actually discrimination? Charles Caleb Colton quoted:"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

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Posted in: Fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism See in context

Nobody is forcing the Dolphin hunters to stop what they are doing, but they have to face the criticism, and if they are proud of what they are doing, they should no need to hide behind big blue vinyl sheets.

I think they are more worried about foreigners attacking their way of life and trying to reduce unwanted media attention. Any images of killing will offend people and thus covering it will reduce the offence.

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Posted in: Hacker group Anonymous takes down Wakayama website to protest dolphin killing See in context

Oddly enough killing the dolphins is not a crime but hacking is, I know it's just a small site but there are others in that community which may rely on it, not everyone in Taiji is a fisherman you know.

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Posted in: Fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism See in context

Dolphins are being killed in Taiji behind tarps so that people cannot see them being killed. I think it is surely to prevent people from seeing the killing, after all that's why they use the cove rather than the beach. Why? because no one likes to watch killing.

so don't be bent and twisted about what they do in Taiji. X

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Posted in: Taiji official says Kennedy should come and see dolphin hunt See in context

It's clear what the Taijin fishermen have actually done is make the killing LOOK less inhumane, when in actual fact what they have done is make it even more inhuman by killing them more slowly from massive internal bleeding.

So the intervention of environmentalists has inadvertently led to these animals suffering more. How ironic!

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Posted in: TEPCO says spin-off an option only for the future See in context

@smithinjapan

Well said!

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Posted in: Taiji official says Kennedy should come and see dolphin hunt See in context

As this has reached as far up as the Japanese prime minister I think the environmentalists should be more than happy with this propaganda campaign, very successful! Should ensure that the donations continue to roll in and they will get paid and have new equipment for next years propaganda campaign. Good show lads!

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Meanwhile they will have affected no change in the ways of the Japanese people, and probably made them more resolute to continue their traditions. It's funny that all the name calling by people on these posts will have the opposite effect. While clear headed discussion will make progress, name calling will drive the cause backwards. But isn't that the goal of organisations like Sea Shepherd for if the problem disappeared so would they.

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Posted in: 77 suffer food poisoning in Aomori; 25 have norovirus See in context

Japan has some of the safest food standards in the world. Food poisoning is quite infrequent and when it occurs there is a lot of publicity. The water is safe to drink and the food quality is very high. Noro virus is a extremely strong and prolific virus. One drip of infected bodily fluid can contain billions of noro virus particles. You need as few as seven particles to become infected. Noro is not killed by soapy water or even alcohol hand wash. You have to use bleach to kill the virus. An infected person can spread this virus before they realise they are infected. So with these factors countries with high population density have a high risk of spreading this virus. There have also been a series of outbreaks in the UK and other countries over the past few years usually in winter.

Noro is a prolific and very contagious virus. Take care out there and if you get it stay out of circulation.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt See in context

@smithinjapan.

You are very sure of your comments.

As I stated eating any large sea creature has a the risk of mercury. The US FDA recommends pregnant mothers not to consume canned tuna for this reason. But the issue of mercury is not what this is about. I really can't see people from foreign countries caring about this as a health issue. It's the killing of the dauphins which has people upset! This is the angle the documentary maker was really trying. So if you believe otherwise then propaganda has beaten you too! And as far as justifying the hunt why should they need to? It's their local waters. They are not breaking any local or national laws. People should learn to respect what other people do in their culture. Don't have to like it but do have to get over it!

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Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt See in context

@smithinjapan

mercury levels in the meat, as has been scientifically proven (the people in Taiji who eat the meat have extremely high levels of mercury in hair samples, for example)?

I agree with this this is defiantly an issue with eating any large sea creature, but the issue here is not the health of the people in Taiji.

probably still, the stockpile of rotting meat because almost no one wants to eat it is force-fed to students via school lunches despite said mercury levels?

Again said levels of mercury are in all large predatory sea life, so it would be akin to giving your child a canned tuna sandwich or salad, but without the propaganda.

So again if you read between the SS propaganda it is clearly not an issue.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt See in context

@bass4funk, I will debate you!

You choose to debate with them in English I guess? Well I guess that puts them at a disadvantage as their native language is Japanese.

So let's begin....

Every culture has their own peculiarities, what one culture does May seem strange to another or another group of cultures. This does not make it wrong! If I insisted that part of your culture was wrong, I think this would make you more resolute to continue doing that practice. Now coming back to the dauphin hunt that is their culture. The more people attack that the more the Japanese will dig their heels in. And come up with excuses that like "the movie The Cove is propaganda." Now the definition of propaganda is: Propaganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of the community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument.

So with that in mind the movie the cove is essentially propaganda.

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