(2017-04-02, 8:59 pm)Zgarbas Wrote: just a note since the consumption rate of whale meat seems underestimated in this thread. We have whale at our local supermarket, i've seen it at the discount bin. I didn't get any, but it's quite cheap when they have it.
this survey says that about 30% of respondents have had it, it's not at all a rarity.
Most of the respondents that said they had eaten it in provided meals were 30 years old or older (around 2/3 of the people that said they had). Respondents in their twenties reported having eaten whale in their school lunch at only a slightly lower rate than those thirty or above, but the twenties age category was the least represented in the entire survey (I didn't see any exact numbers in my quick run through the report, but I'd guess about 10% of the respondents were in their twenties, looking at the pie chart supplied at the beginning of the paper); considering this survey only had about a thousand respondents, that's not really a good representation of that age group (also not a great representation of the whole of Japan, at only 1000 people of unknown location, but there's the matter of practicality).
(Nag: I'm aggravated that their respondent data isn't more clear; I don't like guessing from graphics; a simple bar or line graph would have been enough; heck, they could have just put percentages on that first graph like they did all the others. Also, it's not clearly dated (since I didn't read the whole thing, I don't know if it can be interpreted from there or not; all I know is that it's later than 2001, since that's the most recent and prominent year on there). The worst part is that the way the survey was performed is not clearly described; surveys are incredibly easy to screw up with sampling bias, and whether it was done through web, mail, flyers, etc. makes a huge difference in the reliability and applicability of the answers. This paper wouldn't fly in my department... Grumble, moan, grumble)
Done whining now.
More relevant to your point, however, is that about 30% of the respondents said that they currently think they'd like to eat whale.
What we don't have from this survey is a good idea of how often respondents eat whale; the best we get is that only 12% of respondents reported eating whale in the last year (or 21%, if you want to say all the people that didn't answer that question had eaten it in the past year). This suggests that demand is very low, since it's unreasonable to assume that all of those who did eat it in the past year do so regularly, when at least a third of people that would eat whale hadn't done so in an entire year. Might suggest why you find it in the bargain bin so often (I personally found that anecdote useful).
[EDIT: Just to add some emphasis to this point about the frequency of consumption; I enjoyed eating snake and bison, I would eat them again if I was offered some, but I've only had either of them maybe twice, and my first time eating either of them was over a decade ago.]
So the most useful information I can pull from this is that, of the respondents, about a third have eaten whale (mostly 20 and up, though they do mention that there's almost a complete flip in the responses at around 25, so it's mostly people above 25). Somewhere between 12% and 21% have eaten it in the past year.
Less than a fifth of the population eating something in a year is not 'common' in my eyes. My prior information may have been underestimating the consumption, but I think you're overestimating it, based on this information.
And again, I think if you're finding it in the bargain bin that often, it has a greater supply than demand (at least in your area), which is a problem, just not the problem of Japanese loving to eat whale.
Edited: 2017-04-03, 2:57 am