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The catch

The tsunami may have overturned the politics of Japan’s controversial whaling industry

By Philip Hoare   July 2011

There are an estimated 1.5m minke whales left worldwide. This species makes up most of Japan’s annual catch

In 1927 the Illustrated London News printed an article with a remarkable headline—not least because it seemed to militate against what was at the time one of Britain’s great expanding industries. “Antarctic Whales In Peril of Extermination,” it read. The author John Bryant, a ship’s doctor, noted: “Probably no industry has lost so much of its personal romance, yet retained so much of its fascination, as whaling. Gone are the supermen who did battle with Leviathan from an open boat, and cracked…

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