The anti-whaling countries led by Australia, the United States and the European Union rejected Japan's proposal to restart commercial whaling by 41 votes to 27 at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting held in Brazil, Kyodo News reported Thursday. Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Shigeru Tanigawa, said he regretted the result of the vote and hinted that Japan might withdraw from the IWC. "If scientific evidence and diversity are not respected, if commercial whaling is completely denied, Japan will reassess its IWC membership," he said.
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