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Japan resumes whale hunts in the name of science

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 01:09

Japanese whaling ships set out to hunt some 300 whales in the name of science after reworking its programme in accordance with an international treaty on scientific whaling. Julie Noce reports.

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS**Broadcasters: NONE/ Digital: NONE**~ The Japanese whaling ship, Yushin Maru No. 2, is untied from a dock in northern Japan. It's headed back out to sea, after a year's hiatus, where crew members are expected to kill 333 whales after Japan revamped it's 'scientific whaling' programme. Japan has been hunting whales for decades under the auspices of 'scientific research'. But last year an international commission said Japan had failed to make their case for scientific whaling and an international court ordered them to stop. Japan now claims to have reworked its whaling programme in order to meet international requirements for scientific whaling. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES DIRECTOR GENERAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, SATOSHI KUNII, SAYING: "Thanks to the hard work of the scientists and all those involved, the final research report has been released and we presented it to the International Whaling Commission member nations the other day." Japan has long maintained that most whale species are not endangered and that eating whale is part of its food culture, although most Japanese no longer eat it.

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Japan resumes whale hunts in the name of science

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 01:09