Japan will resume commercial whaling in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone beginning in July, according to a statement issued on December 26.
The unilateral move accompanies Tokyo’s decision to withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which came on the heels of Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announcing that it would stop whaling in the Antarctic, a decision welcomed by Australia and New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters an...


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