Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2019

Capstone Advisor

George Kallander

Honors Reader

Francine D'Amico

Capstone Major

International Relations

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Food Science | Japanese Studies


This research project focuses on the contentious issue of whaling in the 21st century and attempts to make sense of Japan’s whaling policy in terms of food culture and national identity. Using a constructivist theoretical framework, I analyze the impact of the whaling issue on Japan’s bilateral relations with other nations, in both the East Asian subregion and the larger global community. The results of this paper indicate that whale meat carries a deep symbolism in Japanese national identity and that the general issue of whaling has little effect of Japan’s bilateral relations with other nations. Much of the relationship-building between Japan and other nations in regard to whaling has taken place within the International Whaling Commission, but Japan announced its exit from the Commission in December 2018.

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