- 14 Mar 2002
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A Japanese whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku, has sparked an angry response from animal rights campaigners after selling whale meat from vending machines to boost consumption.
Kyodo Senpaku, whose vessels led Japan's whaling fleet during its controversial expeditions to the Southern Ocean, opened its first kujira (whale meat) "stores" at two locations in Tokyo this month after a successful trial late last year. The machines sell a variety of whale meat products, including canned items containing meat imported from Iceland, bacon, steaks and red meat that can be eaten raw as sashimi. Prices range from 1,000 (£6) to 3,000 JPY.