On May 9, 2011, Australia brought a formal complaint against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding its' whaling practices in Antarctica. Australia contended that Japan is in violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling by failing to meet the obligation to stop the commercial killing of whales. The Convention has banned commercial whaling since 1986, although Japan has defended their continuing whaling practices as scientific research. Japan's whaling practices have also sparked protest and resistance in recent years, and has lead Japan to seek criminal sanctions against those that interfere with the industry.
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