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Japan asks the Netherlands to act against anti-whalers

Published on Feb 3, 2014 4:09 PM
This handout image received and taken on February 2, 2014, by the Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd shows Yushin Maru changing course to overtake the Steve Irwin in the waters off Antarctica. Militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd on February 2, 2014 said one of their ships was rammed during "aggressive" and "unprovoked" confrontations with the Japanese in the Southern Ocean. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Monday said it was asking the Netherlands to take "practical measures" against a Dutch-registered vessel that collided with a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean.

The Bob Barker, belonging to militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd, came into contact with a Japanese harpoon vessel on Sunday as it tried to interrupt the hunt.

Each side has blamed the other for the collision.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga condemned the group, saying it was responsible for the accident.

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