Japan faces backlash over push to resume ‘cruel’ commercial whaling

Japanese officials want to water down voting rules and allow hunting of whale species with ‘healthy’ numbers

Japan has set itself on a diplomatic collision course with Australia and other anti-whaling nations amid reports that it plans to push for the partial resumption of commercial whaling later this year.

The country’s delegation to a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil in September will attempt to alter voting rules that would make it easier to resume for-profit whaling, media reports said.

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