Japan Whaling Boat with “Research” on side

FILE – In this March 12, 2010 file photo, a Metropolitan Police Department boat, foreground, escorts the Japan’s government-backed research whaling vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 on the way to Harumi pier in Tokyo, carrying anti-whaling activisit Pete Bethune, captain of the Sea Shepherd vessel Ady Gil, on board shortly before Japan’s coast guard arrested the New Zealander for illegally boarding the Japanese ship in February. Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission if no progress is made toward easing an international ban on commercial whaling, its fisheries minister said Tuesday, June 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

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