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Japan to resume commercial whaling after three-decade hiatus

Fleets will target minke whales when hunts begin Monday

A minke whale is unloaded in Hokkaido on June 1, after being caught in the last round of Japan's research whaling.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan will resume commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years Monday, a day after it left the International Whaling Commission, the intergovernmental body that regulates whale hunting.

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