, just 160km south of Rausu, where the four dozen people laughed and cheered, boats were setting off on Japan's first commercial whale hunt in 31 years.
Five small vessels from six operators also left Kushiro
in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido to hunt minke whales in coastal waters.
, Japan, (AFP) - Whaling ships set sail Monday on the first commercial hunts in decades, as Japan brushed aside global outrage over its decision to resume what conservationists say is a cruel and outdated practice.
"If we had more whaleavailable, we'd eat it more," said Sachiko Sakai, a 66-year-old taxi driver in Kushiro
, a gritty port city on the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, where the whaling ships were waved out of harbour in a brief ceremony.
Japan's national broadcaster NHK said the coastal whaling will start from Hachinohe in northern Japan, or Kushiro
, a main whaling hub farther north, on the island of Hokkaido.
About 200 kilograms of sauries were unloaded Tuesday at the Port of Kushiro
and transferred to the market.
One of its lesser-known treasures is the port city of Kushiro
, famed for its unpredictable weather: clear skies one minute, a pea-soup fog the next.
The presentation followed displays by Apollo Trampoline Club, North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club, Sunderland Rugby Club and Sendai Kushiro
The latest quake registered upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Kushiro
, Nemuro and Urahoro in the eastern part of Hokkaido, and lower 5 in Obihiro and other parts of the prefecture as well as in Higashidori, Aomori Prefecture, according to the agency.
, Japan, Rabi'I 21, 1434, Feb 2, 2013, SPA -- A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Japan's northern island Hokkaido Saturday, UPI quoted the officials as saying.
The conference was inaugurated by Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs "Kushiro
Gimba" calling in his speech for more international cooperation to find a solution to end the conflict in Syria.