Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years

Fishermen set sail to hunt whales on Monday after country’s withdrawal from International Whaling Commission

Japanese fishermen have set sail to hunt whales commercially for the first time in more than three decades, following Tokyo’s controversial decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission.

Five vessels, their harpoons concealed beneath tarpaulin, left Kushiro in northern Japan on Monday morning. At around the same time, three whaling boats left Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan.

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