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Japan whaling fleet returns from Antarctic

A whaling fleet anchored at a Japanese port Saturday after Tokyo said it would cancel its annual hunt for the first time in more than 25 years to abide by a UN court ruling. "The Nisshin Maru and two other whaling ships arrived here today after ending their mission," a port official said, following the fleet's planned arrival at Shimonoseki port in western Japan. Television footage showed workers unloading a number of boxes labelled as whale meat parts at the port, marking the end of the traditional whaling season.

Japanese whaling fleet back from Antarctic voyage

A Japanese whaling fleet returned Saturday to a port in western Japan from a four-month voyage to the Antarctic Sea for what Tokyo says was scientific research. The arrival of the 8,145-ton mother vessel Nisshin Maru and two smaller ships at Shimonoseki port came after the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled Monday that Japan's whaling is not conducted for scientific purposes and ordered it to stop. Tokyo has said it will comply with the decision.

Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a UN court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt. The move -- which also includes a ban on dolphin meat sales -- comes as Japan said Thursday it was cancelling this year's hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century to abide by the decision of the United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice this week.

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling

Japan said Thursday it was cancelling its annual Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century after a UN court ruled that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science. A "deeply disappointed" Tokyo earlier this week said it would honour Monday's judgement by the United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice but did not exclude the possibility of future whaling programmes.

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling

Japan said Thursday it was cancelling its annual Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century in line with a UN court ruling that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science. A "deeply disappointed" Tokyo earlier this week said it would honour Monday's judgement by the United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice but did not exclude the possibility of future whaling programmes.

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling

Japan said Thursday it was cancelling its annual Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century in line with a UN court ruling that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science. A "deeply disappointed" Tokyo earlier this week said it would honour Monday's judgement by the United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice but did not exclude the possibility of future whaling programmes.

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.
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