In recent days, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, took to Twitter to express deep concern about the practice of a local Japanese tradition.

"Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries," Kennedy tweeted.

But the local fishing industry isn't happy with Kennedy's remarks. As one fishing industry official told the press, “We’ve got our lives. We can’t simply nod (to protests) and end centuries of our tradition.”

And now Japanese officials are pushing back against the American official's criticism. As the Associated Press reports:

A Japanese government spokesman has defended an annual dolphin hunt after U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference Monday that dolphin fishing in Japan is carried out appropriately in accordance with the law.

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