Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial "research" whaling mission in the Antarctic after a United Nations' court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science.

"We will carry out extensive studies in cooperation with ministries concerned to submit a new research programme by this autumn to the International Whaling Commission, reflecting the criteria laid out in the verdict," Yoshimasa Hayashi, minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, told reporters.