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The Nisshin Maru, Japanâ€™s main whaling ship, reportedly left harbor on Monday heading for the Antarctic on its first hunt since April when it was confronted by anti-whaling activists.
Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept.
Whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission in 1986, and officials in countries like Australia still say that whales need protection, but those like Japan disagree, adding that some species are in high enough numbers to allow regulated fishing.
Japan is threatening to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unless it becomes a more effective forum. The Commission is currently trying to resolve fractured negotiations to find common ground between pro and anti-whaling nations. An upcoming meeting in London will include experts who have steered similar parties through difficult negotiations.
The widow of TV "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin announced Thursday she will launch non-lethal research of whales in Antarctic waters next year in hopes of showing that Japan's scientific whale kill is a sham.
Greenpeace announced a satellite-based tracking system to monitor endangered South Pacific humpback whales Wednesday, saying it is not necessary to kill the animals as Japan does to study them.
By RAY LILLEY WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A Japanese whaling ship crippled by fire drifted off the world's largest penguin breeding grounds Friday, and New Zealand alerted other countries it may need help if the vessel leaked oil into the pristine Antarctic waters.
Two activists attacked a Japanese whaling ship with a bottle of acid and a smoke bomb Friday, slightly injuring two crew members after the vessel helped rescue the protesters from the icy Ross Sea off Antarctica, officials said.
Japan and its allies edged closer toward their goal of resuming commercial whale hunts as the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting drew to a close Tuesday with accusations of vote-buying from opponents.
By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it would not be cutting any deals with Japan over Alaska's bowhead whale hunting quota as it prepares to host an international whaling group next year. U.S.
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