Japan to carry out whale cull despite lawsuit

JAPAN said today it would stand firm in continuing its annual whale cull, a day after Australia launched a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice aiming to shut down the hunt, which kills hundreds of whales each year.

Australia – Japan's major trading partner – filed its lawsuit with the court in The Hague yesterday.

Chief cabinet secretary Hirofumi Hirano called Australia's action "extremely regrettable".