Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/26/japan-confirms-it-will-quit-iwc-to-resume-commercial-whaling

The GWC is greatly concerned by this news! While there will be short-term benefits which will likely include no more whaling by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean and the strong potential for the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary to pass the next IWC meeting (without Japan’s aggressive tactics to ensure it fails), we remain deeply concerned at Japan’s public announcement of intent to re-enter the horrific world of industrial/commercial whaling on any level.