The Guardian online reported in April 2014 that the Japanese online retailer Rakuten had agreed to end all online sales of whale and dolphin meat by the end of April 2014, after the international court of justice ordered Japan to immediately halt its annual whale hunts in the southern ocean.
Rakuten said it had asked sellers to cancel sales of whale meat products on its website “in accordance” with the ICJ ruling. Monday’s verdict in the Hague, however, did not cover whale meat sales in Japan, which were legal, or the country’s slaughter of a smaller number of whales in the north-west Pacific and in its own coastal waters.
When Ethical Consumer checked on the status of this story in September 2021, an article from as.com dated July 2017 was viewed, which stated that the company "has whale meat available for sale, despite saying in 2014 it would no longer allow it to be sold." No update to this was found. The company lost a whole mark under Animal Rights.
Rakuten and whale meat (6 September 2021)