Whales back on lunch menu

Date: 1/2/2005

Japan’s whaling heartland will resume serving whale meat to schoolchildren after a gap of 20 years in a bid to preserve the whaling culture under attack from environmentalists. Students in southwestern Wakayama prefecture will be served whale meat twice a month starting in January, local education board official Yoshiki Tachibana said. It is the first time the province has served the meat since international whaling was banned in 1982. Most of Wakayama’s 490 schools, which have nearly 100 000 students, are expected to serve whale burgers, fried whale seasoned with soy sauce and sweetened cooking wine and other recipes, Tachibana said. Whale meat in Japan is 120 yen ($1.17) per 100g.

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