What I mean is, when the rest of the world is falling over itself to give into Japan's demands for coastal quotas and a defacto resumption of commercial whaling, why does it go to the quite extraordinary lengths of allowing the import of Norwegian whale meat? This is especially strange when Japan has huge stockpiles of whale meat that it cannot even give away.
Well maybe it simply wants to snub the rest of the world (its being doing that for such a long time that bad habits die hard; or maybe it simply has one part of government that doesn't know what the other is doing. Because dont think Japan has the same level of democratic accountability as many other countries. The power invested in unelected civil servants is enormous in Japan. Its not the Japanese people who get to decide these policies by selecting their elected officals, its the career civil servants that have constructed the subsidy programmes for fisheries and whaling that enssure that as long as they protect these industries, their jobs are secure and their 'retirements' when they leave 'government' and join these same companies is also secure.
Jobs for the boys (by the way you don't find many women in these top jobs) is alive an well in Japan. And look what that type of nepotism has done for the world economy todate. Yep, Japan's whaling may be simply down to keeping a few civil servants in high paid jobs for life. Never mind the whales, each dead whale is a deposit in the pension fund of these guys.