Japan to carry out NW Pacific whale hunt this yr -Agriculture Ministry

by Reuters
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:32 GMT

TOKYO, April 18 (Reuters) - Japan will carry out its annual Northwest Pacific whaling hunt despite an international court ruling against its whaling programme last month, though on a smaller scale, its agriculture ministry said on Friday, a move likely to provoke global anger.

Tokyo's decades-old and disputed "scientific whaling" programme suffered a major blow last month with the International Court of Justice, in a surprise ruling, ordered a halt to its annual hunts in the Southern Ocean.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry also said on Friday that it would pull together a new proposal for its Antarctic whaling by later this year. (Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Dominic Lau)

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