The first commercial whale hunt in more than three decades is underway in Japan, despite international outcry.
Japanese whalers have restarted commercial whaling after a 31-year break. The decision prompted outrage among activists, but experts say it might actually seal the fate of Japan's whaling industry.
As Japan prepares to relaunch its commercial whaling practices, environmentalists have called for leaders at the G20 summit to speak up. Japan stopped commercial whaling more than 30 years ago.
Tokyo says it may pull out of the International Whaling Commission after losing an attempt to restart commercial whaling. The 72-year-old IWC is facing its worst split over conservation needs versus substainable hunting.
Japan's ongoing "research whaling" program has incited fresh outrage after a recent report on the summer hunt in the Southern Ocean detailed the killing of over 120 pregnant whales. Julian Ryall reports.
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