Japan Puts End to Research Whaling in Antarctic Ocean
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Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Pref., March 31 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday to welcome home a fleet of Japanese whaling ships including the 8,145-ton Nisshin Maru from the Antarctic Ocean.
The return home put an end to Japan's whaling in the Antarctic Ocean for scientific research, which started in 1987.
Japan has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling in July.
The Japanese ships, which left for the Antarctic Ocean in November, has caught 333 Antarctic mink whales. There was no act of sabotage by the U.S. antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd, according to officials.
At the ceremony, Fisheries Agency Director-General Shigeto Hase said scientific information gathered in the 30-year research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean can be regarded as the property of mankind.
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