Peter Cave similarly argues that Japanese ‘children first learn to be “part of the group”’ through ‘educational trajectory’,(such as a strong sense of belonging to their school or company community), Japanese people are less likely to care about more abstract, global public issues such as environmental issues.
After the author of this paper published an article as a freelance journalist in Consequently, the Japanese environmentalist perspective has a minimal effect upon Japanese society, and the Fisheries Agency (along with other officials) continues to be the main player in influencing decision-making and policy formation on the whaling issue.
Clearly, the whaling issue is not as simple as it may appear in the Australian media.
To understand the problem, a comprehensive understanding of Japanese society and culture, in addition to the facts about whaling, is required.
Mike Danaher claims there are four reasons why Japan wants to continue whaling in spite of international criticism: whaling is a cultural tradition, internationally legal, sustainable under an open science and harvest plan, and does not attract ‘any significant domestic anti-whaling movement.’ Thus, international voices do not have a significant impact on Japanese policy-makers.
Atsushi Ishii and Ayako Okubo criticise Danaher’s views, stating that ‘he overemphasizes…
In recent years, the two countries have also strengthened political and security cooperation, which has made them strategic partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
For example, in September 2012, a weapons technology swap plan was announced between Australia and Japan, whereby Japan agreed to export its high-standard submarine technologies for use by the Australian military.
The ongoing dispute over whaling is a significant issue of conflict between Australia and Japan.
It appears that the print media in each country supports the dominant opinion: anti-whaling in Australia, and pro-whaling in Japan.