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Japan defies UN to send ‘research’ whaling mission to Antarctic | Environment | The Guardian

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Ships to depart on 1 December for whale ‘research’ in the Southern Ocean despite global pressure to stop slaughter the UN says is a front for commercial hunts

Japan will dispatch a “research” whaling mission to the Antarctic on Tuesday, the government said, defying international criticism and despite a UN legal decision that such activity disguises commercial hunts.

“The research ships will depart for new whale research in the Antarctic on December 1, 2015,” the Fisheries Agency said on Monday in a statement on its website.

Tokyo has for years come under intense global pressure to stop hunts that opponents decry as inhumane but that Japan says are an inherent part of its traditional culture.

The United Nations’ top legal body, the international court of justice, judged last year that Japan’s so-called scientific whaling activity in the Southern Ocean was a front for commercial hunts.

The agency’s statement said the “research period” for the mission would be from late December to early March.

It will include a “mother ship” as well as three other vessels. A total of 160 crew members would participate, the statement said.

Sorgente: Japan defies UN to send ‘research’ whaling mission to Antarctic | Environment | The Guardian

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