Japan says the work that goes on at the Institute of Cetacean Research is crucial for studying whale populations; critics counter it is a way to get around an international ban on commercial whaling.
Japanese fishermen slaughter a bottlenose whale east of Tokyo on June 25, 2008. Japan says the research that goes on behind locked doors is crucial for studying whale populations, but critics slam the practice as a loophole to get around an international ban on commercial whaling.
The institute can be found in a nondescript white-brick office building in Tokyo's port district.
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