Thanks for all your comments on this very difficult topic. As I said, I had a suspicion that most Japanese people were not aware of how much of a stir this story causes in other countries, so I’m glad I was able bring it to your attention.
Although I understand the logical argument that killing dolphins is the same as killing any other animal, the problem with this issue is that it is based more on emotion than logic. In public relation terms, killing dolphins is akin to murdering Bambi or torturing Kitty Chan!
Whatever you believe about the rights and wrongs of the dolphin hunt, the fact is that it has a hugely negative impact on Japan’s international image. One of the problems is that whenever Japan is criticised by foreigners, there are some Japanese people who feel that the best way to respond is by defending Japan’s “traditions” and “culture” at any cost. This leads to situations like we have with the whale-hunting business, which is supported by the government and some right-wing organisations even though it loses huge amounts of money every year and produces meat that most Japanese people don’t even want to eat.
I suppose Japan has to choose between having a good international image and defending its traditions. One thing I am sure of is that no matter how many logical arguments you put forward, they are not going to have much effect in a debate as emotional as this one.
Here is some feedback on your comments.
so the meat might sell more expensive than other fish
… might be more expensive / … might sell for a higher price
I don’t think Taiji fishermen can’t make a living without hunting dolphins
I don’t think that hunting dolphins is essential to the fishermen’s livelihoods.
Ms. Kennedy calls it ‘inhuman’
Did she call it “inhuman” or “inhumane”? Those words have quite different meanings.
I think even pigs and cows have emotion
Pigs are said to be one of the closest relatives to humans. So close, in fact, that it is possible to transplant their organs into a human body!
but has it been reported in Japanese papers, too? Have I skipped them?
“Skipping” would be intentional. The word you need here is “missed.”
I wonder where on earth dolphin meat is sold here.
I’ve heard that it is usually labelled as whale meat.
I don’t think you’ll make much money with cattles
“Cattle” is a plural form, so you don’t need the “s.”
Wiki also says that they hadn’t hidden anything before the film
Wiki also says that they didn’t use to hide anything before the film
It’s a rare menu
It’s rare for whale meat to be on the menu (the food itself cannot be a “menu.”)
so why only catching dolphins and whales are condemned?
so why is it that only catching dolphins and whales is condemned?
However, the truth is that the Taiji fishermen are gaining a huge amount of money(about 170 million yen in 2011)
Wow! I can see why they wouldn’t want to give that up!
Hi, this is my first coment here.
If anyone else is thinking of posting a comment for the first time, this is the sentence you need.
There is not much population
The population is quite small / There are not many people
Concerning this issue, Japanese newspaper didn’t seem to spare much space nor did on TV.
This issue did not seem to get much attention in Japanese newspapers or on Japanese TV.
As for your questions,I don’t think people in Japan don’t pay attention to this as(like?) people in other countries do.
… I don’t think people in Japan care as much about this as people in other countries do.
It’s also a real pity because while some people in other countries see what is happening in a very small town in Japan and have strong feelings against it, some(or perhaps many?) Japanese people(including me!) don’t really know about it.
That is precisely why I wanted to write about it here.
Finally…my electricity bill for last month exceeded 20,000yen! (21,284 yen)
I wonder how long it will be before it exceeds 30,000 yen?! (Not because you use more, but because the price is going to keep going up and up.)
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend.