So it seems that Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has revealed he dislikes whale
The Japanese press is reporting that the Japanese Prime Minister ‘hates whale meat’. He is apparently not alone. Demand for whale meat has fallen dramatically in Japan in recent years; prices have dropped by half, and thousands of tonnes of meat from its two large whaling programmes languish in frozen stockpiles. Sales of whale meat, blubber and other products in Japan have made a loss of around $223 million over the last 20 years and the government has spent over $164 million dollars in subsidies over the same period to maintain the whaling fleet and other aspects of the failing industry.
Despite not having the stomach for whale meat, the new Japanese Prime Minister unfortunately seems set to continue the policy pursued by his predecessors; propping up an unnecessary, unsustainable and uneconomic industry that has no place in the 21st century.