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    Japan to Resume Commercial Whale Hunting

    The country will ditch its membership in the International Whaling Commission and resume hunting the marine mammals for the first time in more than 30 years. In July, fishermen will begin catching whales within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, but will stay out of the Antarctic Ocean, where the nation claims its whaling ships have only conducted scientific excursions — an assertion that animal activists refute. Still, confining whale hunts to its waters is unlikely to assuage the global community, which has pushed Japan to completely abandon the controversial practice.

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