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Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt: Official

Published on Apr 3, 2014 10:52 AM
Captured short-finned pilot whales on the deck of a whaling ship at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km southwest of Tokyo, in June 2008. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan is cancelling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said on Thursday, just days after the UN's International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice.

"We have decided to cancel research whaling (in the Antarctic) for the fiscal year starting in April because of the recent ruling," a fisheries agency official told AFP.

But he added that "we plan to go ahead with research whaling in other areas as scheduled", including the northern Pacific.

On Monday, the Hague-based ICJ issued a landmark ruling that found the Antarctic programme was a commercial activity disguised as science, and said Tokyo must revoke existing whaling licences.

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