Japan may leave from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling next year, according to a report that quoted an unnamed official source.
The IWC, which has banned commercial whaling in 1986, had rejected the country’s bid to resume commercial whaling this year.
An official denied the report by the Kyodo news agency and told The Guardian that although the position the country is to resume commercial whaling as soon as possible, it has not taken any decision to withdraw from the IWC.
Japan argues that the population of whale species such as minke has recovered sufficiently to hunt them sustainably.
Countries such as Brazil and Australia and the European Union had voted against the Japanese proposal to lift the ban in IWC’s September meeting.