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Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What are your thoughts on the whaling issue?


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Toby Siguenza
ALT, 28 (American)
I'm not averse to eating whale because of the whole whaling controversy, but because when I tried it I thought it just tasted nasty. It was like eating a bleeding piece of flesh.

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Sachiko Kasakura
Housewife, 47
Whaling is part of Japanese culture. If it turned out that we couldn't whale anymore, then the ending of that important tradition would be quite a disappointment.

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Yoshi Kamisho
Craftsman, 28
I've eaten whale all my life. It's part of the food culture in the Kinki region. I don't understand why Greenpeace, etc. are concerned about whales but not cows, for example.

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Miyuki Takahashi
Makeup artist, 45
Japanese people don't really care which fish they eat. I think they are only just beginning to consider that people in the West have special feelings about whales and dolphins.

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Chris Borman
Teacher, 26 (American)
I've been an environmentalist all my life. I'm glad that the international community is monitoring — and in some cases interfering with — Japan's whaling ships.



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