Three months after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program was "unscientific," the country's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that Japan intends to continue whaling.
"I want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling by conducting whaling research," Mr Abe said, according to BBC. It's not yet known how Japan will continue to whale, given this year's ruling, but BBC reports that the country intends to "redesign" its program, likely to catch fewer whales and to publish more research.
Despite a global moratorium on whaling that was enacted in 1986, Japan has continued, citing a loophole that allows for whaling for "scientific research." Under the whaling program, known as JARPA II, the country killed 3,600 Minke whales since 2005. Proponents argue that the program is based on "scientific research" into whether whaling could be sustainably done -- a claim which the ICJ found was not justified. The case was originally brought by the government of Australia in 2010.