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Japan whalers to restart commercial hunts in July

IWC exit prompts fishery group's return after three decades away

OSAKA -- The birthplace of traditional Japanese whaling will officially get back into commercial hunting for the first time in about 30 years this July, just after the country withdraws from the International Whaling Commission.

The fishery group of the greater Osaka town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, will target minke. It will send a whaling vessel to join four other vessels from Miyagi, Chiba and Hokkaido prefectures on a roughly weeklong hunt.

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