Whaling in Modern Japan Research Paper

Whaling in Modern Japan
A look at the history, culture and politics behind whaling in modern Japan.
# 147463 | 3,688 words | 17 sources | MLA | 2011 | SG

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This paper examines the reasons why whaling in Japan is still ongoing despite the many controversies and criticisms. Firstly, Japan's history is examined to determine how it has led to the continuation of whaling in modern times. Whaling's social and cultural significance, or the lack thereof, are also investigated. Finally, reasons for the strong political support for whaling in Japan are discussed in detail. The paper does not aim to agree or disagree with the decision made by Japan regarding their whaling policies, rather it attempts to uncover and explain the rationale and motivation for whaling in modern Japan.

History and Whaling
Whaling Prior to the Opening of Japan
Whaling Before World War II (WWII)
Whaling After WWII
Society, Culture and Whaling
Perception of Whales
Social and Cultural Norms
Politics and Whaling
Internal Politics of the FA
Pro-Whaling Background of Politicians
Domestic Politics in Japan
Maintaining Political Power
Retaining Employment
International Politics of Japan
Science and Research

From the Paper:

"At around the 19th century during the Meiji era, Norwegian-style modern whaling was introduced into Japan. This revolutionized the whaling industry in Japan; many whaling companies were set up during this period and commercial whaling was done in a large scale. However, laws in Norway prevented Japan from exercising complete control over their scale of whaling; the sale of ships to Japan must be accompanied with the transfer of Norwegian crew. This was partly due to the fact that Japan was getting increasingly effective and efficient in whaling, such that the European countries began to view this competition as a threat to their whaling economy. Intervention in the form of the London Agreement of 1937 to regulate whaling proved to be futile as Japan refused to participate on the basis that Japan was unable to negotiate on equal grounds. Despite other concerted efforts, it did not prevent Japan from putting foreign whaling companies out of business. "

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