Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru, in the Southern Ocean. File photo: AP

Japan takes aim at commercial whale hunting ban as nations brace for IWC battle in Brazil

Japan formally observes the moratorium but exploits a ‘scientific research’ loophole to kill hundreds of the animals every year, despite international criticism

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Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru, in the Southern Ocean. File photo: AP
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