More than 20,000 whales have been killed since the IWC moratorium began twenty years ago. Japan is the world's largest whaling nation and hunts more than a thousand of the marine mammals a year using a loophole in the IWC ban that allows the killing of whales for scientific research. Some species of large whales are endangered as a result of whaling during the 19th and 20th centuries
The meat is then sold on the market and the Japanese government has been pushing consumers to buy more despite international pressure to stop whaling altogether. Because the Japanese population had gradually stopped buying whale meat explains Hiroshi Nakada from Tokyo's Whale Laboratory.
"For 20 years, almost no whale meat was eaten in Japan. The eating culture changed considerably during this time. If we were to serve whale the way it used to be served to young Japanese people, they wouldn't touch it. So we have to make it appetising to them."
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