Japanese Fishers to Resume Commercial Whaling in July


Wakayama, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)--Private-sector fishery groups in Japan, including a related cooperative in the western town of Taiji, are set to resume commercial whaling in July, after the Japanese government decided last month to leave the International Whaling Commission, it was learned Thursday.

The planned restart will come 31 years after the country suspended commercial whaling in 1988, following the IWC's decision in 1982 to impose a moratorium on such catches due to concerns over a depletion in whale resources.

The domestic fishery groups made the decision to restart commercial whaling at a general meeting of the Japan Small-Type Whaling Association, held on Jan. 8, sources familiar with the matter said.

A convoy of five whaling ships, including the No. 7 Katsu Maru, which belongs to the Taiji fishery cooperative, will depart on July 1 from Kushiro Port in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido or Hachinohe Port in the northeastern prefecture of Aomori.

Taiji, in Wakayama Prefecture, is traditionally known for its whaling culture.

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