Open Letter on Continuation of Research Whaling by Applying “Profitable Fisheries.”

An open letter from IKAN regarding the support for research whaling using the 'the profitable fisheries' scheme.

Open Letter on Continuation of Research Whaling by Applying “Profitable Fisheries.”

August 20th, 2012
Mr. Masanori Sato
Director of the Fisheries Agency of Japan

Dear Mr. Sato,

According to the July 20th issue of Minato Newspaper, the Fisheries Agency “revealed a policy that would apply the Fisheries Structural Reform and Comprehensive Measures Project (the Profitable Fisheries Support Project)* to help stabilize the implementation of the research whaling program” at the meeting on July 19th held by the association of Liberal Democratic Diet members who support whaling. Also mentioned in the media was that the research whaling practicing body (Institute of Cetacean Research) said it would start working on the logistics, including renovating research vessels for energy-saving and cost-saving measures.


23.7 gram!?

People know that Japan is a country that eats whale meat, but Japanese people may not have much of an appetite for it after all.
The amount an average Japanese person eats in one year is a mere 23.7g – that is virtually the same weight
as half a chocolate bar or a slice of ham.
Hard to believe?

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Oct. 31 2011 NGO Joint Statement

Don't waste 2.28 billion yen on whaling in the Southern Ocean - Use the money for Tohoku regeneration and disaster victim support!

October 27, 2011
Joint Press Release

On October 21st, the Japanese government obtained Cabinet approval on the third supplementary budget. This budget is primarily for the reconstruction of the affected people and areas of 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster. However, within it is a subsidy allocated for the continuance of research whaling, amounting to 2.3 billion yen (*1).


Whale Meat Doesn't Sell: The ICR Reports Miserable Result of Auction

By Junko Sakuma
Excerpt from IKAN-Net News 51

900 tons, an astonishing 3/4 of JARPN II meat, is left unsold from the auction. Nisshin-Maru returns from Antarctica (whose “mission was cut short by SS”) bringing back over 1000 tons. Now with the whale meat silently mounting in their warehouses, the future of the ICR is uncertain…

 On October 27th 2011, the Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) announced that it would send 1211.9 tons of whale meat to auction. This is the byproduct of its summer research program in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, and the amount equals much of the meat for commercial distribution previously sold on a negotiation basis. The only exception to the bidding is 3-tons of sperm whale meat, and 235.9 tons secured for public distribution that will be provided to rural communities and schools at low prices.


Rescue ICR? not the victims of 3.11?

At an October 4th press conference, the Japanese government announced it would carry out the fall term of research whaling in Antarctica, which was earlier cut short in February of this year.

The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), an organization that runs with the profit from whale meat sales and the 500 million yen annual government subsidy, conducts the research whaling. However the whaling operation has become a challenge recently, with the decrease in whale meat sales