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Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo
Tokyo, Feb. 18 Kyodo - Japan has halted its so-called research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean for this season, slated to run until March, because of obstructive actions by the antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Japanese fisheries minister Michihiko Kano said Friday.
The Japanese government subsequently lodged protests with Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands - where the Sea Shepherd vessels involved in the disruptions make port calls or are registered - urging the countries to take steps to prevent them from undertaking such disruptive actions.
The group has disrupted …