Japan to End Whaling Hiatus With New Research Hunt in Antarctic

  • Japan plans to take 333 whales in hunt lasting into March
  • Australia, New Zealand criticize restart of research whaling

A common minke whale is unloaded at Kushiro port during a research whaling operation in Hokkaido in September.

Photographer: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

Japan plans to renew its research hunt for whales in the Antarctic, ending an almost two-year hiatus prompted by an international court ruling that its killing of whales couldn’t be justified for scientific purposes.

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