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Despite Ruling, Japan to Resume Whaling in Antarctic Ocean

  • Reuters

Joji Morishita, Japan's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), holds documents as he speaks about Japan's whaling program during a press conference in Tokyo, Nov. 28, 2014.

Joji Morishita, Japan's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), holds documents as he speaks about Japan's whaling program during a press conference in Tokyo, Nov. 28, 2014.

Japan has decided to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean by the end of March after a hiatus since last year, a move likely to prompt international outrage.

The International Court of Justice ruled in March last year that Japan's decades-old whale hunt in the Antarctic should stop, prompting Tokyo to cancel the bulk of its whaling for the 2014/2015 season.

The Japanese Fisheries Agency on Friday notified the International Whaling Commission that Japan will resume whaling in the 2015/2016 season under a revised plan.

The plan, which calls for cutting annual minke whale catches by two-thirds to 333, is scientifically reasonable, the agency said in a document filed with the IWC.

Japan began what it calls scientific whaling in 1987, a year after an international whaling moratorium took effect.

Japan has long maintained that most whale species are not endangered and that eating whale is part of its food culture.

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