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Commercial Whalers In Japan Will Begin Hunting In July After 30-Year Break - MetNews
Japan is preparing to restart commercial whaling next month for the first time in 30 years, after its controversial withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC). On July 1, five ships from six whaling operators will set sail from Kushiro, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the Japan Times reports. It’s thought they plan to fish for beaked whales off the tip of Minamiboso, south of Tokyo, on Honshu island until August before heading to international waters to hunt minke whales until October. Commercial whaling has been banned since the IWC’s 1982 moratorium, placing a pause on whaling to allow species numbers to increase. Over 80 nations signed the agreement that came into being in 1986. However, several pro-whaling …