Japan has begun injecting new tax-payer-funded subsidies into its whaling program in a bid to keep the fleet afloat, the ABC has learned.
It is believed the “profitable fisheries program” is helping to keep the so-called scientific research program’s ongoing debts at bay and to help refit the whaling fleet’s flagship.
With the Japanese fleet now entering Antarctic waters, the annual whale wars are again expected to flare any day.
Militant Sea Shepherd activists have been able to all but scupper the fleet’s catch over the past few years.
This, plus lower demand for whale meat, means the government has been forced to prop up the whaling program.
Some of the money has come from funds set aside for the rebuilding of communities shattered by the 2011 tsunami.
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