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Decision to re-start Antarctic kill for 'scientific research' goes against recent International Court of Justice ruling.
Move comes after UN's International Court of Justice ruled that Tokyo's Antarctic whaling is commercial, not scientific.
International Court of Justice rules whale hunting is not for scientific purposes, and orders Tokyo to revoke permits.
Government deploys more police to avoid repeat of alleged massive fraud during the 2009 national polls.
Environment minister threatens Japan with diplomatic action unless it stops 'scientific' whaling programme.
Conservationist nations and environmental groups denounce Seoul's move to resume hunting whales under research loophole.
Seoul follows Tokyo's lead by exploiting loophole that allows whaling for scientific purposes.
Several countries say they will oppose International Whaling Commission's proposal for haven.
One of the world's last whaling nations now makes more money from whale tourism than hunting.
Annual hunting temporarily suspended after what official says was repeated harassment by conservationist group.
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