IWC (W, D.C) is an international organization for conservation and utilization, but is it too focused on conservation to play no role? In 2019, Japan resumed commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years. Minke whales: piked whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and Bryde’s whales are targeted within the territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone. Will the Japanese Fisheries Agency allow the capture of other whale species in FY2024?

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