Angry global response

Five small ships sailed out of harbour last Monday in Japan’s first commercial whale hunt in more than three decades, a move that has aroused global condemnation and fears for the fate of whales.

Japan has long said few whale species are endangered, and announced in December that it was leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume hunting – the culmination of years of campaigns by industry supporters and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose constituency includes a city that has long whaled