Japan to devise new Antarctic whaling programme

2014-09-16 17:24
Japan whaling ship. (Institute of Cetacean Research, AP)

Japan whaling ship. (Institute of Cetacean Research, AP)

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Tokyo - The Japanese government will devise a new plan to resume whale hunts in Antarctic waters, a news report said on Tuesday, after it was banned earlier this year from pursuing its research whaling programme in the Southern Ocean.

Whaling experts will meet in October to draw up a new whaling programme, Kyodo News agency reported. The meeting is intended to mollify the opposition from anti-whaling countries and promote transparency, Kyodo reported, citing unnamed sources.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague decided in late March to halt Japan's whaling programme, ruling that it contravenes a 1986 moratorium on whale hunting.

The ruling prompted Tokyo to give up sending a whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean for the current financial year through March 2015.

The International Whaling Commission began a four-day convention in Slovenia on Monday, where Japan and anti-whaling countries such as Australia are clashing over Tokyo's attempt to seek a continuation of whaling on a smaller scale, Kyodo reported.

Japan needs to submit its new programme in early November so that it can be discussed at the whaling body's scientific committee meeting scheduled for May 2015, the report said.

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