A Japanese fleet returns home after hunting 333 whales in the Antarctic. The Japanese government states that the purpose was for research.
The government is skirting an international ban on whale hunting by saying they’re doing research.
- New York Magazine
- Japan announces plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic during the southern hemisphere summer. Commercial whaling has been banned for over 30 years by the International Whaling Commission.
- The United Nations International Court of Justice rules that Japan's Antarctic whaling program is not scientific but commercial and forbids grants of further permits.
- Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada dismisses Australia's threat to take the country to the International Court of Justice over Japan's whaling in the Antarctic.
- Chris Ellison, the Australian Minister for Justice, warns anti-whaling protesters and the Japanese whaling fleet that they could face questioning over recent clashes in the Southern Ocean. Meanwhile, the crew were evacuated from the largest ship in the Japanese Antarctic fleet, the "Nisshin Maru," following a fire.
- Japan activates a 2,100-member Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, its first marine force since World War II.