Japan resumes commercial whaling

Japan is resuming commercial whaling after 31 years, meeting a long-cherished goal seen as a largely lost cause.

Japan has officially resumed commercial whaling after a 31-year hiatus, with plans to catching 227 whales this year.

Japanese whaling ships were set to sail on Monday morning, a day after the country formally left the International Whaling Commission, the country's Fisheries Agency said.

The withdrawal comes after the IWC rejected Japan's proposal in September to resume commercial whaling of species believed to be abundant.

Meanwhile, Japan said it would end its whaling in the Antarctic amid international condemnation.

Japan's whaling fleet returned in March from their last voyage after hunting 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean for "scientific purposes".

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