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Japan whaling fleet returns from Antarctic

A whaling fleet anchored at a Japanese port Saturday after Tokyo said it would cancel its annual hunt for the first time in more than 25 years to abide by a UN court ruling. "The Nisshin Maru and two other whaling ships arrived here today after ending……

Japan using quake disaster budget for whaling aid

Japan on Wednesday confirmed it planned to use some of the public funds earmarked for quake and tsunami reconstruction to boost security for its controversial annual whaling hunt. Greenpeace charged that Tokyo was siphoning money from disaster victims by spending an extra 2.28 billion yen ($30 million) on beefed up security amid…

Japan whaling fleet off to Antarctica

Japan’s whaling fleet left port Tuesday for the country’s annual hunt in Antarctica, press pictures showed, with security measures beefed up amid simmering international protests. Three ships, led by the 720-tonne Yushin Maru, set sail from Shimonoseki in western Japan on a mission officially said to be for “scientific research”, according to local…

Japan brings home embattled whaling fleet

by Frank Zeller TOKYO (AFP) – Japan recalled its Antarctic whaling fleet a month early Friday, citing the threat posed by militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd and demanding foreign countries crack down on the activists. Tokyo told Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands to take action against the US-based group,…

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