Have Your Say

The Independent (London, England), November 2, 2007 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Have Your Say


Yesterday's front page prompted this message from readers: boycott Japanese goods

Japanese goods should be boycotted until Japan stops killing humpback whales, many readers of The Independent believe.

The suggestion occurs frequently in the scores of emails sent to us and comments posted on The Independent website yesterday following our report on the new Japanese whale hunt, which for the first time is targeting endangered humpbacks, the iconic animals of the whale-watching industry. The Japanese whaling fleet intends to take up to 50 humpbacks in the Southern Ocean.

The majority of the comments are angry, if not outraged, and the suggestion that people should refrain from buying Japanese products occurs time and time again.

"I am sure most Japanese people do not want these creatures to be killed, but perhaps we should start refusing to buy Japanese goods and bombard the embassy with letters to display our horror," writes Michael White. "I can only urge others who feel as strongly as I do to boycott Japanese goods until this country gets the message," writes Heather Lowrie. "As individuals we can all play our part by, whenever possible, not buying Japanese products and supporting the likes of Greenpeace," says Tom Braybrooks.

Ralph Marianello emails: "If it is true that to drastic action there should be a drastic reaction, why is nobody calling for a boycott of Japan and its products? If we stop travelling to Japan as tourists, and if we boycott sushi bars everywhere, surely the message will get through that this time we mean business." R Colin suggests: "The sale of all Japanese cars in this country should be halted with immediate effect."

John Benn emails to tell us that action in his own household has already started. "This morning, my wife (Doe) has cancelled her order for a new Honda Accord, in protest against the Japanese government's policy inhunting whales," he writes.

"It would be ready for delivery this week, but then, this is the only message these people understand. Her Honda dealer is incensed about the loss of another order, claiming that he has no control over the Japanese government ... Oh yes? My wife speaks out simply because she abhors the double standards of the Japanese.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Have Your Say
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?