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Japan expressed its intention to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic, said Joji Morishita, chief Japanese negotiator at the International Whaling Commission. He said the country plans to capture "3,996 small minke whales over the next 12 years." The statement was made after an IWC's scientific committee report could not determine if the Japanese program has scientific goal or not.

In the 2014-2015 season, Japan had to give up whaling in Antarctica because of a decision by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which found that the practice had commercial purpose. The Asian country then presented a new plan to the IWC, pledging to reduce annual fishing by almost 900 to 333. This program was discussed during the commission’s meeting in San Diego, California, but there was no consensus.

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