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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2004 file photo, family and the crew of Japan's research whaling vessel Nisshinmaru bid farewell as the ship departs a port in Shimonoseki, western Japan, for the Antarctic Ocean. Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research. (Kyodo News via AP, File ) JAPAN OUT  CREDIT MANDATORY

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