The International Court of Justice plans public hearings with Japanese and Australian officials from June 26 through July 16 in a case over Japan’s whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.
In the case filed by Australia in May 2010, the main issue is whether the whaling is for scientific purposes, as allowed by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.
The court is expected to pass down a ruling four to eight months after the hearings.
Australia is claiming Japan is effectively carrying out commercial whaling and violating the treaty. Japan insists it collects scientific data necessary for resuming commercial whaling.
Deputy Foreign Minister Koji Tsuruoka and senior officials from the Fisheries Agency will go to The Hague. It is Japan’s first time ever as a party to a case handled by the ICJ.