Taiji Town Council Member Defends Japan92_s Scientific Whaling

In an editorial in Asahi Shimbun, Katsutoshi Mihara, the speaker of the Taiji municipal assembly, states that Japan needs both coastal and high seas whaling.  Mihara, who has attended meetings of the International Whaling Commission, claims that his country's 'scientific whaling' programs in the North Pacific and the Antarctic are needed to "feed the world's growing population."

Mihara also raises concerns about the high price of whale meat and its impact on Japanese consumption of whale meat,  stating that getting rid of pelagic whaling would "result in a long-term decline in whale meat consumption" and kill the nation's whaling culture in that it would diminish supplies of whale meat even further.

Taiji, the site of the infamous drive hunts that were the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, is one of a handful of small towns still practicing coastal whaling.

Just last week, Asahi published an editorial from Sir Geoffrey Palmer of New Zealand on whaling and a proposed compromise that would have allowed Japan and other whaling nations to continue whaling for ten years.

Source: Asahi Shimbun

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