January 23rd, 2014
07:42 PM ET

Abe responds to dolphin controversy

Fareed speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the recent controversy over the killing of dolphins in Taiji. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

Mr. Prime Minister, you know that there is around the world now a controversy.  I was wondering what your reaction was to the idea of suggested by the U.S. ambassador that it is inhumane.

The dolphin fishing that takes place in Taiji town is an ancient fishing practice deeply rooted in their culture and their practices and supports their livelihoods.  We hope you will understand this.

In every country and region, there are practices and ways of living and culture that have been handed down from ancestors. Naturally, I feel that these should be respected.

At the same time, I am aware that there are various criticisms. I have also heard they are making major improvement in their fishing methods. Both the fishing and fishing methods are strictly regulated.

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  1. John May

    Yakuza Abe repeats the same lies over and over. This is all about the profit from captive dolphin trade, and nothing to do with food. Dolphins are brutally separated from family when chosen for captivity, and the rest are butchered into mystery meat, mislabeled as tuna, sold as pet food.

    January 25, 2014 at 3:57 am |
  2. Jeanne Teleia

    What an idiot! How would 'ancient fishermen' have caught these huge numbers of dolphins without motorized boats. And yeah, it supports their livelihoods b/c they sell a bunch of live ones to SeaWorld and their counterparts. And to eat dolphin meat that is full of heavy metals is a great way to ruin your next generation. Maybe he's eaten a bit too much whale and dolphin meat.

    January 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
    • marc

      Really? they dont need modernlized boats do accomplish this. How were the great pyrmids built etc...

      January 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm |
  3. Kodua

    Guess all east Asians are not so bright after all

    January 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm |
    • Luke Stoltenberg

      What an ignorant and racist thing to say which has naught impact upon the issue being discussed.

      January 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm |
  4. No dolphin slaughter - can't be justified

    * j a p a n e s e* are one of the most inhumane and dangerous nations – and we need to block them!

    January 26, 2014 at 5:29 am |
    • be veggie

      pls dont kill any animal and go vegan. good for all human beings. if you eat meat ,you have no right to blame others

      January 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
    • OctopusRave

      As if our method of brutally slaughtering cattle and livestock is ok. I mean, most are still alive when they goe into the cutting process

      January 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
  5. Steve Zavilon

    I am not a fan of the dolphin hunting, and I think the "it's a tradition" is the most vile and irrelevant of excuse ever put forth by intelligent human beings. HOWEVER, and this must be said, before Americans spout off on the topic while downing their cheese burger, I am sorry, but you need to visit a cow / sheep / pig slaughter house particularly of the mechanized variety where the animals are picked up by a leg and moved assembly line fashion through proessing machines. Let's clean up our own country before we go marching around the world in protest of behaviors no worse than our own.

    January 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm |
  6. ganesh velu

    It is purely a money making scheme.It is different if you are fishing for smaller fishes but this is a known intelligent being which has saved many people at sea.If my tradition tells me i need to kill 500 cows should i go ahead and do it?We are talking about live breathing animals.They are not ours to kill as we wish so you should show more compassion and stop this.There are many other less violent ways to make money or continue your tradition.

    January 29, 2014 at 7:28 am |
  7. Barry

    The culture excuse is just that, a lame excuse. There are also certain cultures around the world that used to practice cannibalism or headhunting. Should we allow those to continue as well? Certain cultures also used to allow slave trading and I'm pretty sure most cultures would balk at allowing that now. So this culture excuse doesn't fly.

    January 29, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
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  9. freddie williams

    He must be challenged to a debate on this by the anti-slaughter experts to prove what garbage he is spouting.

    October 26, 2014 at 6:20 am |
  10. Carol Naylor

    It started after the Second World War that's not a ancient tradition. Even if it was we are supposed to be more intelligent that our ancestors. Does he know what evolve means. He's just babbling a bunch of grabber

    December 22, 2014 at 2:47 am |
  11. Melissa Kenyon

    Look into the future what will be left for these inhumane people to fish? The excuses of it being an acinet fishing process is an absolute joke! Times change people change and this is barbaric behavior. When the rest of the World is made aware and stops purchasing the goods from your country and your people lose jobs, money and food you will have no one to blame but your selves! Ignorance isn't bliss and it is time you all show respect to the Oceans and Seas!! Show respect to species that by far show more compassion and love than your people do! We are all watching you and it will end badly for you all you can take that to he bank!!

    September 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm |
  12. elizabeth Griffin

    Nothing traditional about a flight of powered boat going after the dolphins. And in the same context, Aztecs used to chop off peoples head sas a "tradition". What really needs to happen is countries ban the import and sale of dolphins. Just a few countries stopping it would probably let them find something else to be traditional about. Not to mention there is good money in excursions to see dolphins, hey that could do it. A new tradition.

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