Investigation: Nearly 70% of Japanese are affirming the restart of commercial whaling
For the government's policy of withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which manages whale resources, and restarting commercial whaling, 67.7% of the Japanese people "affirmed" and "not sure" was 27.0%. According to the person in charge of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the government’s whaling policy has been widely understood.”
According to reports, on December 26, 2018, Japan announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission and is scheduled to resume commercial whaling in Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zones in July 2019. This is the time when Japan resumed such whaling activities for about 30 years, which led to strong criticism from the international community.
Previously, Japan was arguing that the International Whaling Commission granted commercial fishing on the grounds that the whale populations such as minke whales were “relatively sufficient” and were opposed by member states such as the European Union, the United States and Australia. Australia is "extremely disappointed" with the Japanese government's "retreat" and the resumption of commercial whaling.
Japanese officials say eating whale meat is part of Japanese culture. However, according to Agence France-Presse, although whale meat is the main source of animal protein in the 1950s and 1960s in Japan, it has disappeared from the recipes of most Japanese people in recent years, and consumption has fallen sharply.
According to the BBC, part of the reason why Japanese politicians support whaling is intended to show a tough stance in international politics on the grounds of "protection of tradition", with the aim of catering to some conservative voters.
It is reported that after Japan withdraws from IWC, it will no longer be able to whale in the Antarctic in the name of "scientific research", but has the right to kill the whale population active in Japan's territorial waters.
According to the Kyodo News Agency, the survey was conducted by telephone in the end of March in the case of 1,000 people over the age of 18 in the country.