Understand issues related to Japanese tradition of whaling [Part 2]

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This article is a continuation of [Part 1].

If you haven’t seen it yet, please follow the link below.

Understand issues related to Japanese tradition of whaling [Part 1]
The whaling issue is Japan. I am writing why this happened, introducing the history of whaling in the United States and Japan.

In the first part, I have looked at Japanese and American history of whaling.

This time, I would like to introduce you to the famous movie “The cove” and anti-whaling groups as a proposal for dolphin fishing.

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Malicious film “The cove”

映画 the cove

The film “The cove” is a movie of Taiji Town in Wakayama.

Director is Louis (Louie) Psihoyos, chairman of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), a conservation organization for whales and dolphins.

Starring is Richard O’Barry, whose name is on the advisory board of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd.

They’re making this film with the aim of imprinting against whaling and dolphin fishing.

That is, this is a historical political pro baganda film.

It’s a documentary film, but its contents were completely different from the facts.

But this film won the Academy Award in the US.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Taiji Town tried to protest against the fact that was not the case. However, it seems that they did not protest in the end because the international trial was expensive.

During the filming of “The cove”, a dolphin fisherman gave permission to film. However, the shooting was only for the dolphin killing scene. Only that scene is often used in news of overseas whaling and dolphin fishing problems.

When I look at that part, I feel that dolphin fishing is a little horror.

There are probably many foreigners who have a negative image of Japanese dolphin fishing due to this film.

The movie has been made known overseas that Japan is slaughtering dolphins by horrifying dolphin fishing.

The recommended film is “Behind The Cove-A closer look at the mystery of the whaling problem”. The documentary film produced to disseminate the facts of Japanese whaling to the world against “The Cove”. You can also see it on Netflix.

behind the cove 映画

Anti-whaling group “Sea Shepherd”

Sea Shepherd is an anti-whaling group. After the movie “The Cove”, Taiji Town became famous, and the group of Sea Shepherds came to Taiji Town to photograph the whaling scene.

A symbol like a pirate with a skull on a black T-shirt is a symbol, and I feel that it is really a nature protection group.


Our mission is to make them miserable, with cameras and voices as weapons. The action is detoxification.

Sea Shepherd Material “Hello Prospective Cove Guardran”

It’s surprising that this is the official Sea Shepherd Code of Conduct.

As I watched the film “The cove”, I saw many such behaviors. So it’s certainly clear that it is recognized and promoted by regulation.

I’m not talking about whaling targeting Japan alone. They are also going to other countries and have an anti-whaling movement.

Ric O’Barry on The cove

However, his Facebook has photos of anti-whaling movements with the Japanese flag in Milan and abroad.

Actually, we can see that while going abroad, we are appealing for anti-whaling in Japan in various places.

While whaling is not limited to Japan, it is spreading the image of “whaling = Japan” abroad. I don’t know their intention.

Is it possible to stop whaling if you appeal to anti-whaling to bearish Japan, so let’s stop whaling in Japan first?

Why is America interfering with Japan?


How the US opposed Japan’s whaling

Why did the US oppose Japan’s whaling?

It was to avoid criticism of the Vietnam War at the United Nations.

Therefore, President Nixon used Japan. (From a document obtained by a television program at the American Public Archives in Washington, D.C.)

When Bush was president, the United States, which was the number one in the Kyoto Protocol, was anti-whaling as environmental protection, and I feel a sense of discomfort.

Many foreigners visiting the Sea Shepherd and Taiji Town are vegan. I was sorry,and sad.

Some vegan people are still radical.

Why a whale, not a livestock

If so, why only whales?

In the whaling issue, there are often opinions that whales look cute. True, life is precious.

But you tend to forget large mammals such as sheep and cows?

Brazil used to eat whales, but now, like the USt, it focuses on livestock.

Livestock live in free space, sometimes violently treated and pathetic ways of killing, while whales are killed after being free to live.

Do you think that is better animal protection?

It does not cause global warming due to contamination by manure during breeding, use of large amount of water resources, and use of land.

Because the livestock is larger in the United States, it may be most effective to save them even if you don’t come to Japan.

In Japan, whale consumption is currently declining, with more meat and fish. Therefore, it might be better to convey the feelings of environmental protection and animal protection to the Japanese people for livestock and fish.

Animal inferiority problem

The idea is that highly intelligent higher organisms should be protected, and chicks, which are inferior animals, can be shrettened overseas.

Because of the superiority and inferiority of animals, species discrimination is occurring.

Christianity is dominant in the order of God → people → animals.

Japan has the idea of ​​“every life is precious” under the teaching of Buddhism, so we treat humans, animals, and plants as equivalent to life. For that reason, we avoid killing without meaning, and have done the minimum killing necessary.

I think this has something to do with sustainability.

That is to avoid eating too much food and to take good care of your existing meals.

Now, instead of eating everything carefully because all lives are equal, there are other choices without having to forfeit nutrition from the animals. Therefore, I think the trend is to avoid killing animals as much as possible.

Food culture issues


Food culture of other countries

If we talk about the food culture of other countries, why shouldn’t we first protest that dogs and cats are eaten in China?

In the world, animals that should have been treated as pets are edible, so I think it is easier for them to protest and be accepted. (Although it’s easy to break like Japan due to the ethnicity of China, it’s a different story.)

In the past, we Japanese rarely eat whales, as we used to do in the past.

Because many Japanese eat fish, I think that protesting them can save more lives.

Intangible cultural heritage Japanese food

Vegan is increasing in the United States now, but Japan has established a Japanese eating style, and it is really difficult to become vegan.

Everything contains bonito soup, which is also included in oden and soba soup.

For example, with soba noodles, you cannot eat it unless it is raw noodles, because the eggs are kneaded into the dry noodles. I myself feel a little inconvenient when eating out.

In addition, Japan is an island country surrounded by the sea, so the fishing industry was thriving.

On the other hand, the American diet tradition is not long, and hamburgers and pizzas are the food style, and you can choose various meals according to your choice.

The majority of vegans are in England, Germany and the United States.

It’s a very rude story, but in the first place, the food isn’t delicious and it feels easier to become vegan than in Japan.

Japanese food is an intangible cultural heritage. Not only is it well-balanced and healthy, but in addition to that, I think that the umami ingredient from dashi stock works well.

The Japanese also discovered umami.

The feeling of “no soup stock” is due to lack of umami. The tongue of the Japanese people is fat because of their ancestors who made Japanese food.

By this discovery, this as the fifth basic taste that should be added to the basic taste of four basic tastes (sweet, salty, spicy, bitter) With the addition of umami, it has become a universal recognition.



Getting out of this food culture and living a vegan life is really difficult.

Therefore, I would like you to think about whaling after understanding the historical background and traditions of Japan.

I think that you should decide your own country, not what other countries should eat for different countries or not.

That’s what we decide.

I think dolphins and whales, cows, pigs and dogs are equally valuable.

They are unique and emotional creatures.

Therefore, they do not lead to oppressing them or eating them.

Violence I don’t want to get involved in being connected.

If you think so, there is also a vegan lifestyle choice.

The way to live sincerely is vegan.

It is difficult to change the fundamentals of culture such as whaling and Japanese food if you do not act just by thinking.


I would be grateful if you could feel something about the whaling issue in this article or clarify your thoughts on whaling.

For the countries with many vegans, see the following articles.

Ranking of the most vegan countries! Where are the most popular countries in the world? [2020] Part 1
In recent years, the world's vegan and vegetarian population has grown exponentially. It is increasing in Europe such as UK and Germany, the US, Taiwan and Japan. I made a ranking of which countries in the world have the most vegan.

Reference: “Behind The Cove-Understanding the Mystery of the Whaling Problem”

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