Japan Whaling Ban “An Attack on Japanese Culture!”


The UN has ruled that Japan’s “scientific” whaling is not scientific at all and ordered it put to a stop, and Japan has obeyed – causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst aggrieved whale hating nationalists who argue all this is part of barbarian efforts to destroy Japanese culture.

The UN’s International Court of Justice ruled on a case brought against Japan by Australia in 2010, with an aggrieved Australia arguing that all the “scientific” whaling Japan conducted in its neighbouring Antarctic waters was in fact just commercial whaling as virtually everyone already knew.

The court agreed, and ordered that Japan withdraw all Antarctic whaling permits and cease issuing new ones.

Japan – one of the biggest contributors to UN coffers and in general fairly obedient to its whims – immediately announced it would obey the decision and halt the whaling.

It did begrudgingly complain that the ruling was “truly unfortunate and deeply disappointing.”

Whilst it is commonly argued by Japanese whaling advocates that eating whales is a glorious Japanese tradition only barbarian foreigners could possibly object to, it is generally understood that Japan only started commercial whaling in the modern period and its commitment to keeping it going under the pretense of research had more to do with political symbolism and kickbacks to the fishing industry than scientific interest in cetaceans.

However, since the ruling applies specifically to Antarctic research whaling, hunting whales and dolphins in Japanese territorial waters would appear to be unaffected, and whether Japan will feel up to legal schenanigans or will be allowed simply to restart the program in a different ocean remains to be seen.

The ruling has riled nationalists who were evidently hoping Abe and company would flout international law in order to spite the hairy Australian whale-lovers:

“Withdraw from the IWC! This is a huge failure for Abe!”

“It couldn’t be helped, anyone could see it was not research whaling but small scale commercial whaling. The issue now is whether they stop or withdraw from the IWC and start it again.”

“Who cares, only the tiniest minority of people ever actually eat whale. It is not very nice either.”

“It’s a deliberate concession from Japan. If they obey a losing verdict from the ICJ it puts them in a very favourable light when it comes to being a good international citizen and putting further issues to the ICJ – like Takeshima. This will weaken Korea’s position!”

“Just ignore the ICJ, they can’t adjudicate anything properly. Get back to full scale commercial whaling!”

“If there are too many whales they will eat all the fish and you will no longer be able to get any sushi!”

“Boycott all ozzie beef!”

“They’ll just withdraw from the IWC and restart commercial whaling I expect.”

“I always wondered why it was not possible to count whale numbers without killing every one you counted.”

“It is good they put a stop to this. Virtually nobody here eats the stuff but it causes massive hatred of Japanese overseas. I have never even heard of anyone who actually ate dolphin. Kind of like how virtually nobody here gives a damn about Yasukuni but they insist on visiting it and fueling endless anti-Japanese propaganda in response.”

“At least they put Sea Shepherd out of a job.”

“Maybe they can attack Alaskan natives now.”

“Suck it up barbarian Japs!”

“Die Austrokoreans!”

“So deeply disappointed!”

“Who really wants to eat whale that badly…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 01/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Want to save "japanese culture"? Stop wearing western clothing!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 02/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    im down with that, everyone should wear either kimonos or mini miko clothes or shimakaze clothes... wait does that count as Japanes culture

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or using western inventions/discoveries like vaccines, videogames, engines, phones, computer networks, electricity, tempura...

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    Comment by Chris
    19:51 08/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The moral of this story is; you can't trust the system, mannn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 03/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It is fine using western technology but AFTER making it Japanese-theme and all produced by Sony or Mitsubishi or Japanese corporations. And wear Japanese fashion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're not allowed to have rock music either

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 03/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I missed Japanese strings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sailor suits on teenage girls are part of japanese culture now, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey!! We italians get money from fashion!!(and fk the stupid french fashion)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Men should wear samurai/ninja clothing and women need to wear kimonos without any underwear like they did back in the old days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:21 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    they also should hunt whales in old tiny rafts that japanese used in old times only armed with hand harpoon . that sounds more rationalistic .

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I heard that they only started whaling after world war 2 anyway. If that's true, surely it really isn't that an integral part of their culture. I suspect the people making money out of all this are the ones stirring up trouble. Stupid nationalists are just going along with it, because they are stupid nationalists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    They all made in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >mistaking slave shops for origins

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    <le epic meme arrow XDD

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    shitposting is still worse, you are scum

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 08/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^Liar liar pants on fire.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    even some anime figurines are made in China.Terrible but true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Want to preserve the sanctity of marriage? Stop gay marriage!
    Wait what.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 01/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Don't whales have high concentration of mercury in their flesh or something? Which is lethal to humans?
    Not to mention, pretty much everyone asked if they like whale meat, says "no".

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do. But I'd be comparing it more to beef or horse meat than fish.

    All in all to say, as far as sushi goes I'd still rather eat squid or tuna than whale. Tuna is also overfished though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are even fishing high quality tuna here in italy while we can only fish the low quality ones

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tried both whale and horse sashimi. Horse sashimi is much better...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    OK you fuck @ 04:58. I'm turning canibal now. I'll start with hunting you little shit. There's so much trash like 6 billion to hunt there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    You, a higher life form? Apparently you've transceded so far that you have become unintelligible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 03/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hello? Do the terms 'Food Web' and 'Ecology' mean anything to you? Don't tell me you never read books in school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because the oceans are so small all those fucking fish taking so much space.
    Also "god". Dohohohoho.

    Comment by Anonymous

    who cares about saving wales anyway man, there big and there in the way. they dont do anything useful but be food for us higher life forms. fish them until they are all dead then fish something else it's why god put them on the planet for fuck sake. saving a wale is like saving your trash, just clutters up the damn place

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 01/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    So much whale-ing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 01/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    TRUE - like the ban against slavery goes against the culture legacy of the U.S.! IT IS IN THE FREAKING CONSTITUTION and the damn 14th amendment goes against 1000's of years of history and even goes against the Bible!!!!


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 01/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Indeed...Times have changed. There are cultural traditions which should stay as they are and there are ones that should change, hunting whales should be banned decades ago.
    As a developed country, they should have stopped doing it while ago.

    The same goes for shark fins, rhino horns, bear bile, etc. in China. Though China bought exotic animal goods from other countries (most likely because the ones in their country are all hunted dry), they are almost the only consumer of it. In my opinion, if goods as such are banned in China, then there wouldn't be demands for them.
    ...seems like the UN is so focus on Japan, they aren't even bothered with China...or maybe too scared to bother them...

    From conservation point of view, its doing a great favor banning such hunts. I mean how long do they want to continue to do it until the creatures they are hunting goes extinct?!

    And as a nutritionist, I can tell you those items mentioned above does not have much nutrition value to them and can be replace by way more nutritious food/ingredients.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    considering that most of your stuff came from them, i think it's a wise choice not to mess with them. sure, it kills employment rates of other nations but nothing beats inconspicuous slavery. and, as long as everybody's happy, it doesn't matter if the factory worker lives in a 4x4 room for the rest of their lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes there are things that must change too, such as slave wages, uncontrolled human population breeding, and IQ testing for voting rights.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 03/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    those things are banned in china

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck sharks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you like having your dick peeled like a banana by the skin of the shark, sure. Have at 'er.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 03/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you have to eat the shark fin, why aren't you eating the rest of the shark?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They don't bother with China because China isn't developed enough to have a civilize talk. They know it's just useless with China and also some of the Arab countries.

    Comment by Anonymous

    There are many traditions way more barbaric in Arab countries. Why don't you also talk about them? Ah yeah, you prefer to talk about asian because you know that asians are too well educated to reply. But since arabs don't let pathetic foreigners irrespectuously criticize them, you are too much of a coward to attack them.

    Hypocritical cowards like you don't even deserve to live in this world.

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    Comment by zephirisz
    00:02 02/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Because that is not the subject of this post. There are many things that need to be looked at and be banned.

    One step a time.

    You are hypocritical, its very sad you yourself are so blinded by rage you dont see it.
    Grow up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:34 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    4:09 only better at lying is Japanese, and maybe British.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you got your panties in a bunch because you're frustrated by who does and who doesn't, 'deserve to live in this world,' you're in for a life of disappointment. Welcome to the human race. I suggest you chill out and try the dip.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    04:09 02/04/2014

    No no no no!!! WHy gouo all AMAERICAN (= all inhabitants of the continet of America)

    Focus just on shitty US people, now all Americans.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So if you want to compare something now, you have to think of everything first and list them or be criticized?

    Prepare yourself for this guy's essay length forum posts in the future people. Oh wait..

    Also wtf is he getting at? Asians wont reply because they are educated? WAT? Tis guy beez herpinderpin in der head hardmodez.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correct. Arabs are simply to ignorant to be bothered with. It'd be like trying to get a dog to stop eating poop, an exercise in futility.

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    Comment by PonySlaystation
    00:22 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's alright guys, what he doesn't understand is i am an Asian too.

    The fact that I talked about Asian countries is more because of I understand it since I am one. On the other hand, I may not have an good understanding of other cultures.

    However, I can also that he is very disrespectful towards other cultures and races.
    I can not his reply as 'educated' and just can't take any of it seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    why do they call camels "the ships of the desert" ?

    because they're full of arab semen !

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 02/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    i like your example.

    It's also like trying to get an american to tell the truth, an exercise in futility.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 03/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are TONS of more TASTY and NUTRITIOUS fish out there GOD has created for humans. And I'm pretty sure Whale is not one of them!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 03/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Depends on where you are. If you live in the Artic, you definitely want to eat a whale. Blubber is good energy source and can also be used as fuel. Rest of the meat can last you and your community a year, especially considering the frozen environment. Free freezer to preserve freshness and all that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    >freeing slaves
    They should all be castrated before being released into the wild.

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