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Whaling and its controversies: Examing the attitudes of Japan's youth


Bowett, Julia and Hay, PR, Whaling and its controversies: Examing the attitudes of Japan's youth, Marine Policy, 33, (5) pp. 775-783. ISSN 0308-597X (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2009.02.012


This article presents the results of a survey examining the attitudes of young Japanese people towards whaling and its controversies. Using an online and paper-based questionnaire, 529 useable surveys were completed by Japanese students (between 15 and 26 years old) from May to December 2007. Factorial analysis, correlation and regression models were used to identify relational predictors underlying the attitudes of young Japanese people on whaling issues. An approval of whaling exists amongst the participating students, with two constructs standing out as contributing the most to this affirmation; firstly, an approval of the consumption of whalemeat by Japanese children; and secondly, an acceptance of the pro-whaling rhetoric commonly produced by the Government of Japan (GOJ) and associated media. This research represents an initial exploration into the attitudinal structures of Japanese students on whaling issues, contributing to a deeper understanding of the complexities that surround the debate.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:whaling attitudes, Japanese students, opinion surveys
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Bowett, Julia (Ms Julia Bowett)
UTAS Author:Hay, PR (Dr Peter Hay)
ID Code:68286
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2011-03-10
Last Modified:2011-03-15
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