Japan begins first commercial whale hunt in three decades

Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

A small Japanese fleet caught their first whales on Monday in the first commercial hunt in more than three decades.

Five ships sailed out of Kushiro in northern Japan, on Monday, while three whaling boats left Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan.

According to reports, the ships have a permit to catch 227 whales - minke, Bryde's and sei - before the end of the year.

Tokyo had announced in December its decision to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume hunting.

It was in 1986 that Japan had stopped commercial hunting and switched to so-called research whaling a year later.

More from International

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • The Agenda with Tom Urquhart

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Your chance to have your say and debate the issues you love or loathe. It’s the chance to set The Agenda on the big topics of the day.

  • The Music Mix

    1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Enjoy your favourite music back to back commercial free, tune in to the Music Mix everyday from 1 until 2 for the music you love and the news updates you need

On Dubai Eye

Business Breakfast