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Japan readies whaling law to counter activists

Package includes funds for repairing aging fleet

Japan hunts whales for research -- a practice that has drawn criticism from the West. (Courtesy of the Institute of Cetacean Research)

TOKYO -- A bill promoting Japan's research whaling program moved closer to enactment this week, potentially giving the government new tools to fend off conservationists and increase the consumption of whale meat.

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