A fleet of five vessels will reportedly leave for the country’s coastal waters on 1 July

Japan will resume commercial whaling for the first time in three decades immediately after it leaves the body responsible for protecting global whale populations.

Media reports said a fleet would leave for the country’s coastal waters on 1 July, a day after its official exit from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), whose ban on commercial whaling went into effect in 1986.

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