Crew of a whaling ship check a whaling gun or harpoon before departure at Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki City on April 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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A Japanese whaling fleet left port Saturday under tight security, marking the first hunt since the UN's top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.Four ships departed from the northeastern fishing town of Ayukawa to cheers from local people, just weeks after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) slammed Japan's expedition in the Southern Ocean as a commercial activity masquerading as research.The coastal hunt on Saturday was not part of Japan's annual Antarctic campaign and the ICJ ruling did not affect it.Tokyo called off the 2014-15 season for its Antarctic hunt, and said it would redesign the controversial whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific.Tokyo has always maintained it was trying to prove whale populations were big enough to sustain commercial hunts.Despite global condemnation, there were no protesters at Saturday's event -- unlike the Antarctic hunt which has seen violent clashes between whaling crews and activists.
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