Japan whaling fleet accused of using tsunami disaster funds

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Japanese whalers have left port under heavy guard and clashes are expected with Sea Shepherd conservation activists.

    Japanese Whaling
    A Japanese ship injures a whale with its first harpoon. Photograph: Kate Davidson/EPA/Corbis

    Japan's whaling fleet has left port under heavy guard as it prepares to kill almost 1,000 whales in the Antarctic, where more clashes are expected with members of the Sea Shepherd marine conservation group.

    Three ships, led by the 720-tonne Yushin Maru and accompanied by a fisheries agency guard vessel, left Shimonoseki port in south-western Japan amid accusations that the fleet was taking cash intended for fishing communities hit by the March earthquake and tsunami.

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