An item on Channel 4 news the other night showed the desperate attempts by the Japanese to try to sell the whale meat that they had already caught. It appears that the Japanese public don't want whale meat and the whale steaks and whale burgers that are being produced in efforts to make it acceptable are tasted with great caution and a not inconsiderable amount of disgust.
It was suggested by the reporter that the stance being taken by the Japanese over this issue is to give them (the Japanese nation) at least some small influence over world issues - which were lost following the Second World War. Whether or not this is the case, the Japanese are creating a huge amount of ill-will in the world, especially in their recruiting of landlocked countries (who obviously have not legitimate interest) to join then in the whale slaughter.
A lot of people in their fifties and over have eaten whale meat - out of necessity in the years of shortages of protein foods during and following the Second World War. Also whale fat (blubber) was the major ingredient in margarine for many years after that before the extensive use of vegetable fats and hydrogenated vegetable fats.