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Japan's Whaling Program Carries Heavy Baggage

Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2264-2265
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2264

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TOKYO-- The Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo is the scientific arm of Japan's whaling research program, which is reviled by most countries for its deadly methods. What have its researchers contributed to the field? Japan's recent decision to add two species to its scientific haul--which until now has targeted minke whales--has revived the question of whether the real purpose of the program is research, as Japan claims, or keeping the country's whaling industry alive.