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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.

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.

Australia welcomes ICJ ruling on Japanese whaling

Australian Attorney General George Brandis said Monday his country welcomes the International Court of Justice's decision ruling Japanese research whaling in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and must stop. Speaking in Perth, Brandis said, "We note that both Australia and Japan have stated on a number of occasions that both countries would accept and respect the decision of the Court. Now we haven't yet had the opportunity to consider in detail the reasons of the judgment."

Sea Shepherd says Japanese whalers attacked one of its ships

Sydney, Feb 24 (EFE).- The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said Monday that the Japanese whaling fleet staged an "unprovoked" attack on one of its anti-whaling ships in Antarctic waters. The incident involving the Bob Barker occurred on Sunday night, when the Japanese harpoon ships Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru 3 crossed the bow of the anti-whaling vessel more than 30 times while dragging steel cables, the environmental group said. The whaling ships were trying to damage the rudder and engines of the Bob Barker, Sea Shepherd said.

Sea Shepherd, Japanese whalers trade ambush claims

Militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers on Monday traded accusations of a potentially dangerous attack in the perilous Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd said two Japanese harpoon ships attacked their Bob Barker vessel on Sunday night, using steel cables in an attempt to jam its propellers and rudders from close range in violation of laws aimed at preventing collisions at sea. But officials in Tokyo in charge of the hunt said it was their ships that had been ambushed.

Sea Shepherd claims night 'ambush' by Japanese whalers

Militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd said Monday they were ambushed under the cover of darkness by a Japanese whaling fleet in a "ruthless assault" to disable their ship in the Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd said two Japanese harpoon ships attacked their Bob Barker vessel on Sunday night, using steel cables in an attempt to jam its propellers and rudders from close range in violation of laws aimed at preventing collisions at sea.

Sea Shepherd claims night 'ambush' by Japanese whalers

Militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd said Monday they were ambushed under the cover of darkness by a Japanese whaling fleet in a "ruthless assault" to disable their ship in the Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd said two Japanese harpoon ships attacked their Bob Barker vessel on Sunday night, using steel cables in an attempt to jam its propellers and rudders from close range in violation of laws aimed at preventing collisions at sea.

New Zealand PM wants Japan apology in whaling row

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday he wants Japan to apologise over a whaling ship entering Wellington's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), despite warnings for it to keep out. The New Zealand foreign ministry has already hauled in the Japanese ambassador Yasuaki Nogawa for a dressing down over the incident last Friday, which it labelled "unhelpful, disrespectful and short-sighted".

New Zealand PM wants Japan apology in whaling row

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday he wants Japan to apologise over a whaling ship entering Wellington's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), despite warnings for it to keep out. The New Zealand foreign ministry has already hauled in the Japanese ambassador Yasuaki Nogawa for a dressing down over the incident last Friday, which it labelled "unhelpful, disrespectful and short-sighted".

New Zealand protests to Japan over EEZ entry by whaling ship

New Zealand's Foreign Ministry called in Japan's ambassador Monday to protest a Japanese whaling vessel's entry into the 200 nautical mile limit of the country's exclusive economic zone, calling it "deeply disrespectful."
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