Japan's Whaling Fleet Set to Embark on Hunt for 333 Minke Whales

Japan is sending a whaling fleet to the Antarctic on Tuesday for a three-month hunt, according to the country’s government.

Under its proposal, Japan plans on catching up to 333 minke whales each year for the next 12 years, according to a government statement.

The hunt will be the first since the hunts were deemed not truly scientific, forcing Tokyo to revise its whaling plans, according to The Associated Press.

The International Whaling Commission has banned whaling since 1986, but Japan can continue killing whales under an exemption for research.

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