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A whale research group is seeking to collect information about public performances in which small whales were cut up for meat in the 1970s and 1980s before a surge of international anti-whaling movements.

Commissioned by the city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the Whale Laboratory began looking into such performances five years ago, aiming to keep records of what it says was part of the culture of the Showa Era (1926-1989).

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