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Japan to set its own caps for commercial whaling

Tokyo seeks to ease criticism of hunt after quitting global commission

A customer visits a store in Toyonaka, Osaka that specializes in whale meat.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan will enforce its own quotas when it restarts commercial whaling in July following the country's official exit from the International Whaling Commission, a move designed to calm criticism overseas.

The Fisheries Agency will set annual caps for different areas of the sea and types of whales using the same calculation methods employed by the international body. The aim is to underscore Japan's intention to conduct whaling based on scientific data in territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.

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