LONDON (Kyodo) An International Whaling Commission panel said it will postpone for one year its decision on whether to allow Japan to hunt whales in its coastal waters in return for scaling down or ending its so-called research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.

Japan’s hope that whaling in its coastal areas could be approved at the IWC’s general meeting in Portugal in June was dashed after it was unable to bridge a gap over the proposed compromise with antiwhaling nations such as Australia.

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