Regulatory News

After the International Court of Justice (UN tribunal in The Hague) ruled that Japan should stop its whaling in Antarctica, the country decided to reduce the fishing of these aquatic mammals in the North Pacific. The decision was announced by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Yoshimasa Hayashi.

According to the minister, the whaling program for scientific research in the North Pacific will continue, but the maximum number of annual catches will fall from 380 to 210. With regards to the hunting ban in Antarctica, the Japanese government said it will send "a new investigative program" on whales to the International Whaling Commission, basing it on the criteria in the decision made by The Hague Court.

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