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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Japanese Schools Start Feeding Students Whale Meat

Having halted the practice in the 80s, now under pressure from the whaling industry, schools in Japan have started to serve whale meat again.

An increasing number of elementary and junior high schools in Japan have resumed the use of whale meat in lunch dishes as the Wakayama prefectural board of education promotes it, board of education officials said Tuesday.

The Wakayama board of education, which resumed the regular use of whale meat in school lunches in January 2005, has organized tasting events of whale meat in Tokyo and has asked school lunch panels of nationwide education boards to use the meat, the officials said.

The prefecture is famous for whaling, with its town of Taiji known as the birthplace of organized whaling in Japan.

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Some 1,657 kilograms of whale meat were provided via the school lunch panel of Wakayama's board of education for more than 100 elementary and junior high schools in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara prefectures and Tokyo in January of this year alone, the officials said. The amount for January is about double the amount for the whole last year.
They just aren't going to let this go, are they? Keep killing those whales!