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Japan and the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday swapped angry words at the world whaling conference on the British Channel Island of Jersey over the hunting of cetaceans around Antarctica.

In a plenary session of the International Whaling Commission, Japanese delegation chief Kenji Kagawa blasted Sea Shepherd’s pursuit of Japanese whaling ships as “sabotage” and “violent and illegal acts.”

Showing video footage of high-sea confrontations, Kagawa called on Australia and the Netherlands, which let Sea Shepherd register its ships under their flags and dock in their ports, to block the campaigners.

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