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Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt

Japan is cancelling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said Thursday, just days after the UN's International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice. "We have decided to cancel research whaling (in the Antarctic) for the fiscal year starting in April because of the recent ruling," a fisheries agency official told AFP. But he added that "we plan to go ahead with research whaling in other areas as scheduled", including the northern Pacific.

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt

Japan is cancelling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said Thursday, just days after the UN's International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice. "We have decided to cancel research whaling (in the Antarctic) for the fiscal year starting in April because of the recent ruling," a fisheries agency official told AFP. But he added that "we plan to go ahead with research whaling in other areas as scheduled", including the northern Pacific.

Japan to abide by int'l court ruling on whaling: PM Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday Japan will comply with a recent international court ruling that Japan's whaling is not conducted for scientific purposes and that such activity should be stopped, according to a government official. "It is extremely regrettable and disappointing but Japan will abide by the ruling," Abe was quoted as saying at the premier's office. He made the remark in a meeting with Koji Tsuruoka, who represented the Japanese government in the case presented to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Japan PM Abe says will abide by whaling ban

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he will abide by the court ruling that banned the nation's controversial Antarctic whale hunt. The conservative leader told Japan's chief whaling negotiator that he would respect the judgement issued this week by the International Court of Justice. "It is a pity and I am deeply disappointed," Abe was quoted as saying by Japan's chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka during a meeting at his office. "But I will follow the ruling," Abe said, according to Tsuruoka, who spoke to reporters after meeting the premier.

Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep

Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday applauded a landmark court decision that Japan must halt its annual Antarctic whale hunt, but raised fears it may try to sidestep the order and embark on a new "scientific" hunt. The United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Monday that Japan's whaling programme was a commercial activity disguised as science, and said it must revoke existing whaling licences.

Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep

Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday applauded a court decision that Japan must halt its annual Antarctic whale hunt, but raised fears it could sidestep the order and begin whaling again under a new "scientific" guise. The United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Monday that Japan's whaling programme was a commercial activity disguised as science, and said it must revoke existing whaling licences.

Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep

Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday applauded a court decision that Japan must halt its annual Antarctic whale hunt, but raised fears it could sidestep the order and begin whaling again under a new "scientific" guise. The United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Monday that Japan's whaling programme was a commercial activity disguised as science, and said it must revoke existing whaling licences.

Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep

Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday applauded a court decision that Japan must halt its annual Antarctic whale hunt, but raised fears it could sidestep the order and begin whaling again under a new "scientific" guise. The United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Monday that Japan's whaling programme was a commercial activity disguised as science, and said it must revoke existing whaling licences.

Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep

Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite fears it may try to sidestep the order. The United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice on Monday ruled that Japan's whaling programme was a commercial activity disguised as science and said it must revoke existing whaling licences.

Int'l court rules against Japan in whaling dispute, orders halt

Japan lost a court case Monday lodged by Australia seeking an end to Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, as the U.N. court ruled Japan's whaling is not conducted for scientific purposes and ordered it to stop.
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