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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.

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