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International relations

Diplomacy delayed news of quitting whaling panel

Japan informed other countries before making decision public

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the delay in announcing the withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission was due to diplomatic reasons.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government delayed announcing its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission for a day after the cabinet approved it, to give itself time to discuss with other countries a move expected to draw criticism.

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