A minke whale unloaded at a port in Kushiro
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Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

31 March 2014 Last updated at 16:41 BST

The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.

It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.

Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it "regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision".

Australia argued that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise.

Anna Holligan reports.