"Japan is a country which values international law and order and the rule of law and therefore Japan will abide by the decision," he said.
"Based on this Japan, looking at international law and scientific grounds, will engage in research of whaling in order to collect the indispensable scientific information in order to manage the whale resources."
Despite the careful language couching the hunt as research, pro-whaling supporters in Japan's government haven't been shy about their plans to keep eating them. Just last April, hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists, and even Japan's Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi gathered at a whale meat buffet to underscore that whaling would continue despite attempts from the international community to stop the brutal practice.
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