Japan to Resume Commercial Whaling in July '19

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 26 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government announced Wednesday the country's decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and, in July next year, resume commercial whaling, a move that is likely to draw fire from antiwhaling countries such as the United States and Australia.

The resumption will come after a hiatus of about 30 years.

"We've been unable to obtain concessions from countries that place emphasis only on preservation (of whales) and refuse to recognize the need for sustainable utilization," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a statement to explain the reason for leaving the IWC.

Observers said the Japanese government apparently found a resumption of commercial whaling difficult if it stays in the IWC, where its members have remained divided over such whaling for many years.

Japan will notify the IWC of its withdrawal, which was decided at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, through diplomatic channels by the end of this month.

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