Japan will resume commercial whaling Monday amid criticism from anti-whaling states a
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Last September, the IWC’s annual meeting rejected Japan’s latest proposal to resume commercial whaling. The Japanese government had threatened to withdraw from the international organization.
Japan announced its intention to withdraw last December, saying it was no longer possible to resume commercial whaling under IWC rules.
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Japan says it will conduct commercial whaling only in its territorial waters and exclusive ec
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Environmental activists are criticizing the resumption in light of resource conservation and animal protection.
Festive vibes spread across Hong Kong on Sunday with citywide celebrations to mark the 22nd anniversary of the city’s return to the motherland.
Speaking at the launch of a three-day gala in Victoria Park that features high-tech and innovations－the largest celebration eve
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ecial Administrative Region government wants to promote innovation and technology.
It has invested more than HK$100 billion ($12.8 billion) in innovation and technology, Cheung said.
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sic concerts, trendy culture, a food festival and a special area for young people to showcase their creative ideas.
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The association estimated that more than 300,000 Hong Kong people would take part in them.
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y’s science and technology development and provide a broad platform for Hong Kong youngsters.
People of all ages were seen snaking through the venue, event by event and booth by booth, to
try out advanced high-tech products featuring virtual reality, 5G telecommunications and artificial intelligence.
Hong Kong resident Tsang Ka-hei, 22, was amazed by a mind-co
ntrolled robot invented by Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre.
Tsang, who had a go at controlling the robot, was awed by the advanced product and
said he enjoyed the experience, adding that he had never seen such a device before.
In addition to the high-tech exhibition and food booths, music concerts by inter
national and local pop singers are also being staged in the park every night during the festival.