There has been much discussion about whaling at his blog and some discussion about why the Japanese continue to hunt whales in the name of research.
It is a very foreign and offensive concept to many of us in countries like Australia even though, we had our own whaling fleets not so many years ago.
Yesterday I was sent a link to a recent story in the Japan Times explaining that despite efforts from surfers and local residents about 50 melon-headed whales were recent stranded and died in Chiba Prefecture.
The newspaper article goes on to explain that some of the dead mammals were examined by experts to try to learn the cause of death, while the remaining were to be buried in the town.
I have heard about whale cemeteries in Japan. And one reader of this blog has told me how he attended a buddhist ceremonies in Nagato where thanks was given to whales that had been killed through whaling, as well as those foetuses that have been found in pregnant females.
The ceremony also included the naming of these foetuses in a book.
Whales and whaling evidently has a deep cultural resonance in at least some parts of modern Japan.