26 Apr '11, 5am

Japanese whalers from tsunami-hit whaling town of Ayukawa launch their annual coastal hunt

Japanese whalers from tsunami-hit whaling town of Ayukawa launch their annual coastal hunt

This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No. 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - JAPANESE whalers on Tuesday launched their annual coastal hunt with five crew from the tsunami-devastated whaling town of Ayukawa joining their first voyage since the March 11 disaster. Two whaling vessels left Kushiro on the east coast of the northern island of Hokkaido after their departure was delayed by one day due to bad weather, said Mr Hiroko Furukawa, a fisheries agency official. The crew from Ayukawa Whaling, the only whaling company in Ayukawa, were on board to catch up to 60 minke whales off Kushiro until June, the official said. 'Local whaling officials are preparing to accept people from Ayukawa, who were victimised by the disaster,' Mr Furukawa said, adding that another 23 people from Ayukawa had come t...

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