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Japan's exit from international whaling group draws outcry

Withdrawal sets 'dangerous precedent,' NGO says

Japan seeks to restart commercial whaling for the first time since 1998.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Japan's decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in a bid to resume commercial hunting has drawn immediate condemnation from other countries and conservation groups.

Australia, which has long opposed whaling, voiced its disappointment. "We will continue to work through the commission to conserve whales, and remain opposed to all forms of commercial and so-called 'scientific' whaling," said Melissa Price, the nation's environment minister.

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