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Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada on Friday called for people to respect other countries’ cultures and habits after environmental conservation groups criticized the annual dolphin slaughters in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.

Dolphin hunting in the town was thrust into the international spotlight after the U.S. documentary “The Cove,” which highlighted the issue, was screened in the United States, Australia and other countries, including, after a delay, Japan.

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