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The International Court of Justice in The Hague – the most important legal body of the UN - concluded that the whaling by Japanese vessels in the Antarctic has no scientific purpose and therefore has ordered the immediate suspension of the activity. The decision was 12 votes to 4, and cannot be appealed.

While claiming to be "very disappointed" with the ruling, the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said the country will accept the decision. In justifying the decision, Judge Peter Tomka reported that the Japanese research has killed 3,600 minke whales since 2005, but only two scientific papers were published during the period.

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