While Japan halted commercial whaling in line with a moratorium adopted by the IWC in 1982, it has hunted whales since 1987 for what it calls scientific research purposes. File photo: AFP

Japan hints at leaving IWC after bid to resume commercial whaling is blocked

Tokyo had hoped to resume commercial whaling of relatively abundant species such as minke whales, but anti-whaling countries including Australia and New Zealand opposed the motion

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While Japan halted commercial whaling in line with a moratorium adopted by the IWC in 1982, it has hunted whales since 1987 for what it calls scientific research purposes. File photo: AFP
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