By Justin McCurry in Tokyo
A pro-whaling body affiliated to the Japanese government has set up a company that aims to sell 1,000 tonnes of whale meat, most for school meals, over the next year, local media reported yesterday.
The meat will be sold cheaply to makers of school lunches, and there are also plans to boost sales to "family friendly" restaurants and hospitals.
Although the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, Japan continues to kill whales for what it describes as scientific research. Environmental groups and other IWC members, including Britain, have condemned the hunts as commercial whaling in disguise.