It would seem that no only is whaling an anachronism to us in WDCS, it seems the Japanese public are just not buying the Government’s arguments, or the whale meat, either. After several years of trying to promote the sale of whale meat the The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), responsible for Japan's lethal so-called "scientific whaling", is flooding Japan with cheap whale meat that it cannot sell, according to the reports in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
WDCS has been advocating for several years that the subsidies used for whaling were a waste of taxpayers money and indeed creating a false impression of demand in what was actually a declining market.
Norway did the same in the 1990s, but it would now seem that the Japanese ministries may not all be on the same side. Maybe the Finance Ministry has run out of patience with their colleagues in the Fisheries Ministry and their crusade to impose whaling on the world. The same Japanese media reports suggest that the ICR is struggling to repay $37 million in government subsidies.
Any other business would be bust by now. So just accept the truth ICR, you are out of the whaling business. Maybe you could make more money from whale watching! WDCS would be happy to help the transition.