Australia has sued Japan in the International Court of Justice in the Hague earlier this week over the Asian country´s controversial whaling program. Japan states that the program is for scientific use, and thus exempt from the 1986 whaling ban.
Japan publicly stated in reply that, "We cannot accept Australia´s argument at all. We will firmly respond to the lawsuit." New Zealand may also sue the country, where excess whale meat from the hunts land in restaurants and school lunches.
Australia is Japan´s major trading partner in the Pacific.