Recently, someone wrote a guest editorial for the Japan Times about the eventual Pacific bluefin tuna collapse and extinction.
Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but if you read between the lines, the point was that since Japanese politicians don’t want to upset their fisherman base, they can’t impose catch restrictions.
Also, Japan is an island.
This used to make me laugh because there are many island countries that don’t resort to this childish, over-simplified exceptionalism.
And it’s not. It’s a bloody archipelago (pronounced ‘goon-toe’ in Japanese).
Now when I hear that defence, I think of Aldus Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’. In the book, the entire world has human hatcheries that produce different classes or castes of humans. Their embryos are chemically altered to develop weaker or stronger. Their mental states are altered with audio phrases repeated millions of times throughout their development, hypnotizing them, destined for them to repeat ad nauseum once they become able.
As I contributed online, this national policy failure is because Japanese politicians don’t have the stomach to implement proper environmental policies. It happened before in 1992 in Canada. Scientists warned them for years before, but there was a lack of imagination as to the consequences of overfishing.
Perhaps when tuna starts disappearing from sushi-go-round restaurants in Japan, people will take notice and demand that their environment, and therefore their culture, be protected.