Japan Wants to Start Whaling Again: Here’s Why They Can Legally Do It

Care2.com:  “Japan’s Prime Minister has said that, despite a court order banning Japan’s whaling practices, the country will begin whaling again in the near future. How can Japan do this despite a court order against their whaling practices?

“In a speech made to lawmakers last Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary commission that, “I want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling by conducting whaling research in order to obtain scientific data indispensable for the management of whale resources. To that end, I will step up efforts further to get understanding from the international community.”

The PM added that whaling is a part of Japan’s history and that “It it regrettable that this part of Japanese culture is not understood.” To that end, he appears ready to pursue working around a UN court order that currently bans Japan’s whaling research program.

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