Japan takes aim at commercial whale hunting ban as nations brace for IWC battle in Brazil

Pro and anti-whaling nations are set for a showdown when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meets in Brazil from Monday as Japan leads an assault on a three-decade old moratorium on commercial whale hunting.
Tokyo heads into the biennial meeting as chair of the 88-nation body determined to shake-up what it says is a dysfunctional organisation mired in dispute and unable to make key decisions.
But Japan’s package of proposals, entitled “The Way Forward” left…