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Independent experts have found that Japan has failed to justify a new hunt of nearly 4,000 whales; 330 Minke whales per annum in a 12 year program, on top of the almost 10,000 already killed under the guise of its ‘scientific’ program.

The IWC panel said in a report that Japan failed to provide enough information to determine whether killing more minke whales was necessary to meet the research objectives.

“Japan, looking at international law and scientific grounds, will engage in research of whaling in order to collect the indispensable scientific information in order to manage the whale resources,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated.

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