The Japanese Government has confirmed it will restart commercial whaling in July, exiting the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
It will stop its so-called scientific whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, and only fish in seas near Japan and the country's exclusive economic zone.
Japan has long been fed up with the deadlock at the IWC, with pro- and anti-whaling nations unable to agree on a way forward for the organisation.
Japan's request for a resumption of commercial whaling was most recently denied at an IWC meeting in September.
Japan will not be able to continue research whaling in Antarctic waters, because countries that do so are required by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) to join the IWC.
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