World Dec 26

Researchers check a minke whale at Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture in 2014, after four Japan's research whaling ships returned from a one-day hunt for minke whales off the prefecture. Photo by Kyodo/Reuters
Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings.