I have had the much cherished opportunity to be literally eyeball to eyeball with a 35-foot whale stranded near Last Island a number of years ago. My efforts to rescue the creature were doomed from the start (I knew it was hopeless but had to address public pressure), but I saw real intelligence in those eyes and know that the animal moved carefully to avoid hurting me while I was working on and next to it for hours. There is no real need to harvest whales for food and we are a lesser life form for continuing to do so.
The jap men aren't the issue here. We're not talking about the guys who built the fricking railroads dude.