On Sunday, the New York Times editorial board joined the chorus of voices speaking out against Japanese whaling. Despite an international ban that prevents commercial whaling, Japanese boats catch minke whales under a clause that allows for "scientific" research - an excuse that often means more whale meat in supermarkets but little in the way of discovery.
Consumers in Japan, on the whole, have soured on cetacean meat. What little Japanese demand is left is buoyed by propaganda. When Japan announced a new quota for whales in 2015, the Times editorial board pointed out: "Staff members of the ministry of economy, trade and industry took up chopsticks at a televised stir-fry, heartily eating and endorsing whale meat ‘to protect our food tradition.'"
In further defense of the hunts, the Japan Whaling Association released a video in August falsely claiming, among other things, that hungry whales are causing fish stocks to decline:
(ＪＷＡ 日本捕鯨協会 Japan Whaling Association/YouTube)