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Japan cancels whale hunt

on April 03, 2014 10:00 AM

TOKYO — Japan has canceled this year’s whale hunt off Antarctica just days after an international court ruled against the killings.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would comply with the court order, although the ministry in charge of the hunt canceled it for this year only, leaving open the possibility that Japan may try to revive it under different legal reasoning.

Japan had relied on a loophole in a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling that allowed killings for research purposes.

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