Traditional supporters of the hunt starting to sway
Japan could always count on many small, south Pacific island nations to support their bid to hunt whales. All Japan had to do was pull out a checkbook and buy the right to hunt whales in the waters belonging to countries like Tonga, because the island economies were depressed and needed the influx of currency. Today, things are changing. Countries like Tongo and Tuvalu are building up a tourist trade in whale watching, and that makes the whales far more valuable when they're alive. To read more about the changing way whales are viewed in Micronesia, check out this story at TVNZ.