Someone said :
Of course the meat is eaten. You can find Whale meat in supermarkets in Norway and Iceland, they sell it at the butchers and its on menus in restaurants.
You know I was talking about Japan since the OP is all about Japan.
As to Iceland and Norway, domestic consumption is actually very low. Around 40% of all whale meat eaten in those countries are consumed by curious tourists. Most of their market is exported to Japan where, as I've already pointed out, +80% of all Japanese people have never eaten any whale product. The younger generations there are so put off by whale meat, that the industy has had to start doing information drives to get them onboard - programmes that just aren't working.
And back on this side of the world, both Iceland and Norway fall short of their tiny quota most years because the demand for whale meat simply isn't there!
So the food argument is shaky to say the least.
Any other reasons why it's good?