Japan has restarted commercial whaling after a three-decade . Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). However, Japan withdrew from the IWC in December. Japan has promised its will stay within 320 kilometers from its . It has set a for killing 227 whales every six . This week, whalers caught two minke whales. These were taken to a Japanese . The whale meat was sold in Tokyo for prices. Eager restaurant bought the meat at of up to $140 per kilo.
Japan has engaged in whaling for . A whale chef summed up why he thought commercial whaling was . He said: "A country that does not preserve its food has no future." He said whale meat was . He said: "It is five times in calories than beef, 10 times in cholesterol, two times less fat than chicken and it's packed with . But abroad, people do not know this." Japan's return to whaling has brought international . The Humane Society said: "This is a day for whale protection ."