Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference at the end of the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule
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Japan's prime minister told parliament Monday he would boost his efforts towards restarting commercial whaling, despite a top UN court's order that Tokyo must stop killing whales in the Antarctic.The court slammed the hunt, which it said was a commercial venture masquerading as research.Since the ICJ ruling, Japanese e-commerce marketplace Rakuten has told online retailers they cannot sell whale and dolphin meat through its site.Hayashi told the same parliamentary committee that Rakuten had made a commercial decision as a private company, but that the increasing number of companies that are refusing to sell whale meat is "regrettable".Tokyo has always maintained it was trying to prove whale populations were big enough to sustain commercial hunts.
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