Five Japanese whaling ships are preparing to sail on Japan’s first commercial whaling hunt in more than 30 years.
The nation will resume commercial whaling on July 1 after announcing last year that it was leaving the International Whaling Commission. The hunt will be confined to Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Reuters reports that only about 300 people around Japan are directly connected to whaling, and the annual supply of whale – about 5,000 tonnes – amounts to roughly 40-50 grams per Japanese person a year. Read on.