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Fishermen in major whaling port to resume commercial whaling in July

  • January 24, 2019
  • , NHK
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NHK reported at noon that in light of Japan’s withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission, the fishermen’s cooperative in the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, a major whaling port, is planning to form a fleet with private companies and other organizations in Miyagi and Chiba to resume commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years on July 1. The whaling ships will leave from Kushiro in Hokkaido or Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture, where there are processing facilities for whale meat, to catch minke whales for about a week. After that, Taiji fishing boats will catch whales in waters off Chiba Prefecture until the end of August. Another fleet will be formed after that for whaling in waters off Kushiro for about two months. A cooperative official was quoted as saying that Taiji fishermen are looking forward to the resumption of whaling and they will abide by their catch quota.

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