Whaling on the Agenda as Australia’s Turnbull Visits Japan

Australia’s concerns about Japan resuming whaling in the Southern Ocean will be on the agenda when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Tokyo this week.

Japan is renewing its research hunt in the Antarctic, ending an almost two-year hiatus prompted by an international court ruling. Australia is among the most vocal critics of the program and Turnbull will raise the issue with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his office said in a statement Tuesday.

The Dec. 18 visit to Tokyo is Turnbull’s first to North Asia as prime minister. Japan is Australia’s second-largest trading partner and the talks will also focus on economic ties, security and defense cooperation.

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