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Japan whaling fleet returns from Antarctic after Tokyo calls off annual hunt

Published on Apr 5, 2014 7:21 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - A whaling fleet anchored at a Japanese port on Saturday after Tokyo said it would cancel its annual hunt for the first time in more than 25 years to abide by a UN court ruling.

"The Nisshin Maru and two other whaling ships arrived here today after ending their mission," a port official said, following the fleet's planned arrival at Shimonoseki port in western Japan.

Television footage showed workers unloading a number of boxes labelled as whale meat parts at the port, marking the end of the traditional whaling season.

On Thursday, Japan said it was cancelling its next annual Antarctic whaling hunt, due to begin late 2014, for the first time in a quarter-century.

 
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