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2011-08-30

Minutes of the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Special Permit Research Whaling ≪3/5≫

○Takaya -
  It is sold at reduced prices for public services. The main uses of the products are in canteens and school lunches, hospital food (because it is safe for people with allergies) and local festivals for spreading awareness. For that reason, the selling price is set below the market price.

○Professor Hayashi, Committee member -
  The statistics chart on page 7 mentions imports in 2009 and 2010. Would you tell us the types of imported meat and their origins.

○Hanafusa, -
  Fin whale was imported from Iceland and common minke whale from Norway.

○Takanarita -
  You mentioned earlier that whalemeat sales consisted of open market sales, direct marketing and others in a 1:8:1 ratio. Why does direct marketing account for 80% of the whole? I imagine a type of door-to-door shipment, however, I believe that sales on the open market would provide more transparency in terms of food distribution. Could you give us some historical background to explain how this situation arose?

○Hanafusa, -
  One of the reasons is that the pressure from [domestic] environmental protection groups makes open marketing difficult. Another is that outside the market, processors and wholesalers will make large orders at a discount which has decreased the market portion and simultaneously increased the outside-the-market portion.

○Associate Professor Tanigawa, Committee member -
  Earlier, Mr Nomura asked about the ”However” exception on the use of proceeds from the sale of by-products. I would like you to confirm whether salaries for ICR staff fall under this exception.

○Mr Nakaoku Investigator, FSFD RMD -
  The ICR staff includes those directly involved with research as well as the office staff in the management division, which means the administrative staff are also paid under this exception. Besides whaling research, the ICR is also active in education and promoting public awareness for a better understanding of whaling, and these costs too are paid under this exception.

○Tanigawa -
   Does that mean the ICR would not be able to pay the staff when, like this year, only 170 whales were caught and the by-product sales were low?

○Nakaoku -
  As the revenue and expenditure tables on page 8 [of doc. 4] show, apart from government subsidies and research grants, the ICR has no revenue except that from by-product sales. The ICR is an incorporated foundation (財団法人zaidan-houjin) and does not have membership fee revenue, therefore, Mr Tanigawa is basically right. However, since salaries must be paid under any circumstances, this makes it a very difficult situation and I believe Mr Tanigawa is right to be concerned.

○Tanigawa –
  There may be an explanation to this question later in this meeting, but I understand that Kyodo Senpaku, which owns the chartered ships, also does not make any money without the research by-product, whalemeat. Does this mean Kyodo Senpaku, too, will not be able to pay their staff? Are we to assume that this also applies to all other items including charter fees?

○Nakaoku -
  The ICR pays charter fees to Kyodo Senpaku which include the crew’s wages and administration fees. If funds were exhausted due to a lack of by-product sales, the above situation could occur.

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