Date
12 December 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is promising to step up efforts to resume commercial whaling. Photo: Reuters
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is promising to step up efforts to resume commercial whaling. Photo: Reuters

Japan resumes whale hunt in Pacific

Japan has killed 30 minke whales off its northeast coast in the first expedition since it was told to stop hunting the animals in the Antarctic, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

The International Court of Justice ruled in March that Japan’s annual hunt to the Southern Ocean was a commercial activity, not research the report said. The court did not address whaling in the northwestern Pacific. 

Whalers killed 16 male and 14 female minkes, with an average length of about six meters, the report said, quoting Japan’s fisheries agency.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he will strive to restart commercial whaling.

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