Dec 27 2018
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshide Suga says the withdrawal will come into effect at the end of June 2019, and that commercial whaling will be confined to Japanese waters and its economic zone, in accordance with global law.
A proposal to allow the commercial hunt of minke whales and other species which Japan believes are "relatively abundant" was recently rejected.
In a notable shift, Japan also said it will no longer conduct controversial hunts in the Antarctic Ocean - where its fleet of whaling ships have killed 333 whales in each of the past two years, under the justification of performing whale research.
Japan is not the first country to resume commercial whaling, as it joins Iceland and Norway in openly defying the IWC's 1986 ban.
However, Japan's conservative government argues that there is a need to pass whaling culture on to the next generation.
"Japan now becomes a pirate whaling nation killing these ocean leviathans completely outside the bounds of worldwide law", Humane Society global president Kitty Block said.
The government confirmed on Wednesday that it will leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on June 30, ending weeks of speculation.
Winston Peters critical as Japan announces whaling will resume
"The declaration today is out of step with the global community, let alone the protection needed to safeguard the future of our oceans and these majestic creatures", Sam Annesley, executive director of Greenpeace Japan, said in a statement.
Australia's IWC commissioner, Nick Gales, told the meeting that there was "little and diminishing demand" for commercial whaling industry, The Guardian reported.
Its managing director in New Zealand, Michael Lawry, said while it was concerning endangered whales would now be hunted for commercial purposes near Japan, the decision had a lot of positive outcomes. Australia's foreign minister, Marise Payne, and its environment minister, Melissa Price, said in a joint statement: "Australia remains resolutely opposed to all forms..."
The Japanese government had tried to persuade the IWC to allow its commercial whaling, but the global organization rejected the bid in September.
Whale meat was vital in post-WWII Japan but its consumption dropped significantly as the country became wealthier during the following decades. "This is the path of a pirate whaling nation, with a troubling disregard for worldwide rule".
Fisheries officials have said Japan annually consumes thousands of tons of whale meat from the research hunts, mainly by older Japanese seeking a nostalgic meal.
While the Japanese political class has sought the resumption of commercial whaling activities, campaigners say eating whale is becoming "less and less popular".
The Japanese government, under pressure from the local fishing industry, has decided it could not restart commercial whaling while being a member of the global body responsible for the conservation of whales.
Ravindra Jadeja cleared for Boxing Day Test
We want to lead our teams well and play good cricket". "Pandya is fit", International Cricket Council quoted the coach, as saying. Amid the selection debate, Kohli but has vowed to maintain his typical passionate style in the pivotal MCG clash.
United States to slowly exit Syria
Late Sunday, Trump tweeted that Erdogan had assured him that any remaining IS fighters in Syria will be eliminated. Hammoud said there is "no alternative" except Turkish forces and allied Syrian fighters.
Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik 'sorry' after last-gasp save from Liverpool's Alisson
Burnley have faced four of the top six so far this season and are yet to pick up a point, scoring one goal and conceding 14. They lost 2-1 to Inter in the San Siro in their first meeting in September.
Dec 26 2018
Jurgen Klopp Not Against Dipping Into January Transfer Market
And Jurgen Klopp has now given his take, saying having to adapt to a new position was a key reason. They will go somewhere and someone will beat them against the odds.
Dec 25 2018
US shutdown could stretch into January, Trump aide warns
However, the Democrats - and some Republicans - have made clear they will not vote for Trump's cherished border wall. Democrats are staunchly opposed, and in the absence of a deal, federal funds for dozens of agencies lapsed.
Dec 22 2018
Fiancé of Missing Colorado Mom Arrest and Charged With Murder
Frazee voluntarily released his phone to be searched and allowed officers to take a DNA sample on December 12, his lawyer said. Police later received data indicating Berreth's phone was near Gooding, Idaho that same day, almost 800 miles from her home.
Dec 21 2018
Der Spiegel's star reporter 'faked stories' for years
Relotius, who has admitted to faking some of his reporting, had written dozens of articles for Der Spiegel since 2011. Der Spiegel's motto is "Say it like it is". "I am sick and I need to get help", he was quoted as saying.
Dec 21 2018
Russia's Putin - nothing to stop us adding other states to nuclear pact
There is only one aim: "to hold back Russia's development", he said, later lamenting that ties with Britain were at a "dead end". He drew skepticism even from state TV as he touted the year's growth outlook of 1.8 percent and an upturn in household incomes.
Dec 20 2018
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They both looked visibly nervous, as one would if you were trying to perform 22 musicals in 12 minutes without messing up once. Corden then took on a banjo-ed Kermit in The Muppet Movie before Blunt nailed The Wizard of Oz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
Dec 19 2018
India captain Virat Kohli 'looking silly' after verbals with Australia in Perth
The struggles of the Australian batsmen were a far cry from the command of Kohli as he anchored his team's first innings. Incidentally, Kohli was the captain in that game too, though as a stand-in.
Dec 18 2018
Federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional, Trump praises decision
There is not now a viable alternative to the law that can pass the House and Senate and get signed into law by President Trump . Some health-care law experts were quick to critique the judge's reasoning and predicted the ruling will be overturned.
Dec 18 2018
Sen. Amy Klobuchar Calls Texas Affordable Care Act Ruling ‘Absurd’
The Republican-led Congress previous year eliminated a penalty that the ACA levied on people who opted not to obtain insurance. The lawsuit also argues that the entire ACA is unconstitutional because the mandate is not severable from the rest of the law.
Dec 15 2018
Donald Tusk chose to convene European Union summit: the reason
May added that she had spoken to "a number of European Union leaders" over the weekend in advance of a bloc meeting on Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a stark message for Theresa May on Tuesday: The Brexit deal can not be renegotiated.
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