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日本がIWC脱退正式表明 商業捕鯨を自国の海域で再開へ

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International ... (IWC)
国際捕鯨委員会(後出 commercial whaling と commercial hunt for whales は商業捕鯨、research whaling は調査捕鯨)
resume
再開する
Antarctic (Ocean)
南極(海)(後出 Pacific Ocean は太平洋)
chief cabinet secretary
内閣官房長官
in line with ~
~に沿って
sustainable
持続可能な
aquatic living resources
水産資源
dominate
占める
conservationist
(資源の)保護論者
territorial waters
領海(後出 exclusive economic zone は排他的経済水域)
expedition
(ここでは)調査船団
impose
課す
moratorium
一時停止
dwindle
徐々に減少する
cover
口実
at home
自国で
【写真説明】 minke whale
ミンククジラ
unload
水揚げする
In this 2017 photo, a minke whale is unloaded in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. (Mainichi)

Japan quits IWC to resume commercial whaling   

Japan announced on Dec. 26 that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume commercial hunts for whales for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual research.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said Japan will resume commercial whaling in July 2019 "in line with Japan's basic policy of promoting sustainable use of aquatic living resources based on scientific evidence." He added that Japan is disappointed with the IWC, which he said is dominated by conservationists.

Suga said the hunts will be limited to Japan's territorial waters and its 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone along its coasts. Japan will end its expeditions to the Antarctic and northwest Pacific oceans.

The IWC imposed the moratorium on commercial whaling three decades ago due to a dwindling whale population. In 1987, Japan switched to research whaling, but the program has been criticized as a cover for commercial hunting, since the meat is sold on the market at home. (AP)

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