A senior government official in Japan is on a mission to repair the image of dolphin hunting, citing it as an ancient tradition of Taiji, Japan. In an attempt to reach out to other actors Japanese officials have invited US Japanese ambassador Caroline Kennedy to witness the yearly festival of dolphin hunting in Japan in order to showcase “humane,” hunting practices.
The practice of dolphin hunting in Taiji was put into the global spotlight with the publication of the movie, “The Cove” in 2010, which later went on to win an Academy Award. Due to the documentary new focus was placed on Taiji and its traditions, as the small village is now placed under the constant scrutiny of environmentalist and other watch groups. This invitation towards a US official is most likely an attempt to reach out to audiences abroad, specifically in the United States, in order to give a first hand account of exactly what goes on in Taiji.