The editorial raises important points that have, up to this point, been left out of Japan's national conversation about Taiji -- which, like internal coverage of the hunt, has appeared to be lacking. Martin Fackler, Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times, says this could be because of the way journalism is practiced in Japan, as opposed to other parts of the world.
"In general, the major new media here do not tend to view something as a story unless the government or some other official actor is responding to it," Fackler said. "In other words, authorities in action constitute a story, but an unaddressed problem does not. So, so long as the Japanese government or some other official group (like the national fisheries co-op) does not take action against the Taiji hunt, it is not newsworthy."
Finally, though, that paradigm seems to have shifted. Japan Times's response to the government's inaction in response to the dolphin hunt indicates a positive change, which might also signal a more open dialogue -- and willingness to change perspective -- about the merits of Taiji's "tradition."