It’s Australia v Japan over whaling in the Antarctic

A landmark legal challenge begins this week in The Hague to end Japan’s whale hunt
Protesters face off with whalers in the Southern Ocean. Photograph: Sea Shepherd
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Justin McCurry in Tokyo

Australia is hoping to put a permanent end to Japan’s annual slaughter of hundreds of whales in the Southern Ocean, in a landmark legal challenge that begins this week.

Australia, a vocal opponent of Japan’s annual “scientific” hunts in the Antarctic, says it is confident that the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague will outlaw the hunts at the end of a highly anticipated case that is due to start on Wednesday.

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