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Japan whaling ships leave port

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 00:48

Japan whaling fleet departs for hunt despite international outrage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Japan's whaling fleet set out for the Antarctic on Tuesday to resume a decades-old whale hunt, defying global outrage, after a year's hiatus due to an international court ruling. Japan aims to take more than 300 whales in its "scientific whaling" program before the hunt ends next year. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled last year that Japan's whaling in the Southern Ocean should stop and an International Whaling Commission (IWC) panel said in April that Japan had yet to demonstrate a need for "lethal sampling". But Tokyo, which had vowed from the start to resume its "scientific whaling" program from the 2015/2016 season, retooled its hunt plan to cut the number of minke whales it intends to take to 333, down by two-thirds from previous hunts. The hunt is expected to last until March.

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Japan whaling ships leave port

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 00:48