A whaling boat leaves a port in Shimonoseki, Japan. Photo: AP

Japanese whaling ships set out for first commercial hunts in 33 years, preserving tradition despite backlash

  • Whaling has proved a diplomatic flashpoint for Japan, which says the practice is part of the country’s tradition and should not be subject to international interference
  • But consumption has declined significantly in recent decades – with much of the population saying they rarely or never eat whale meat
Topic |   Japan

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A whaling boat leaves a port in Shimonoseki, Japan. Photo: AP
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