Fact Sheet: The Whale Meat Market in Japan

Publication - June 8, 2009
There's no market for whale meat in Japan - yet Iceland's whalers insist that importing whale meat to Japan is financially viable. This report demonstrates how this is wishful thinking on the part of Iceland's whalers, and includes incendiary revelations from the Japanese importer of Icelandic whale meat.

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Executive summary: Report on the non-existant state of the whale meat market in Japan, and the futility of Iceland attempting to export to whale meat to Japan. Includes a transcript of a conversation between Greenpeace and a director of Asian Trading Co. Ltd., who was in charge of the recent whale meat import from Iceland. He tells Greenpeace that there is no market in Japan and that he is not planning further imports from Iceland.

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