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Japanese Whaling Ban

29 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 10 April 2014

The International Court of Justice, in The Hague, recently ruled that Japan should stop whaling in the Antarctic, which the country has been doing 'for scientific purposes'. Former BBC environment correspondent Richard Black, who has covered the story for many years, joins us in the Science in Action studios to discuss how much scientific data has been collected from the Japanese whaling expeditions.

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(Photo caption: Japanese crew members from whaling ship use water cannon to disperse Greenpeace activists © AFP/Getty Images)

Presenter: Jack Stewart
Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz


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