Japan will resume commercial whaling in July 2019.
Tokyo has long deflected criticism for its commercial whaling activities, arguing that eating whale meat is a part of its culture.
Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), a government spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.
The move sets the stage for Japan to resume commercial whaling activities next year.
“Commercial whaling to be resumed from July next year will be limited to Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. We will not hunt in the Antarctic waters or in the southern hemisphere,” top…