Japan Whaling Fleet Set to Leave for Antarctic

November 30, 2015 4:12 AM

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TOKYO — Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.

Monday's announcement comes days after Japan submitted its final plan to the International Whaling Commission after the commission's scientific committee said earlier this year it was not convinced that whales needed to be killed for research on whale stock management and conservation.

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