Japan to Quit IWC to Resume Commercial Whaling

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling after a 30-year hiatus, informed sources said Thursday.

Countries opposing whale hunting are expected to denounce the Japanese move.

But the government finds it wasteful to engage in unproductive discussions at the IWC over commercial whaling any longer, given the unchanged situation in which antiwhaling nations reject Japan's demand that a proper level of commercial whaling be justified to allow the country to protect its whale-eating food culture, the sources said.

It is quite unusual for Japan to secede from an international organization.

According to the sources, the government will announce the decision to quit the IWC next week and inform the commission of the decision by Jan. 1.

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