Japan Set to Leave IWC to Restart Commercial Whaling

Politics

Tokyo, June 29 (Jiji Press)--Defying international outcry, Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission on Sunday to resume commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years.

The Japanese government has found it very difficult to resolve the stalemate in IWC discussions with antiwhaling countries over its bid to resume commercial whaling.

Following the withdrawal, Japan will restart commercial whaling in Japanese territorial waters and its exclusive economic zones on Monday, an operation that is not approved by the IWC.

Japan plans to conduct commercial whaling in two methods--small-sized day whaling and mother ship-based longer-term whaling.

Kushiro in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, and Ishinomaki in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi are among home ports for ships for small-sized whaling, which mainly catches minke whales.

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