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Japan resumes import of Norwegian whale meat

Japan has signed an agreement with Norway to resume the import of Norwegian whale meat, Japanese media reported Wednesday. Japan had refrained from such imports for ten years.

Japan plans to import minke whale meat starting in May. The import level will not exceed 100 tons on an annual basis. "We hope to cooperate with Norway, which shares our view in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) as well as increase the distribution of whale meat and encourage young people to eat the meat," said an official to the Japanese newspaper Asahi.

Norway prepared the way for conditional whale export last year. Japan, Iceland and Peru have remained outside the trade ban on minke whale products.