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Japan PM Abe vows efforts to resume commercial whale hunt

Published on Jun 9, 2014 12:10 PM
 
Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on Monday he would boost his efforts toward restarting commercial whaling, despite a top UN court's order that Tokyo must stop killing whales in the Antarctic. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's prime minister told parliament on Monday he would boost his efforts toward restarting commercial whaling, despite a top UN court's order that Tokyo must stop killing whales in the Antarctic.

Mr Shinzo Abe's comments put him firmly on a collision course with anti-whaling groups, who had hoped the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would herald the beginning of the end for the mammal hunt.

"I want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling by conducting whaling research in order to obtain scientific data indispensable for the management of whale resources," Mr Abe told a parliamentary commission.

"To that end, I will step up efforts further to get understanding from the international community," he said.

 
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