Whaling protester gets suspended jail term in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - A New Zealand activist who boarded a Japanese whaling vessel in an attempt to stop an annual whale hunt was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for five years, a Japanese court said Wednesday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A New Zealand activist who boarded a Japanese whaling vessel in an attempt to stop an annual whale hunt was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for five years, a Japanese court said Wednesday.

Regular attempts by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a hardline anti-whaling group, to block the whale hunt have sparked anger in Japan, where the government says whaling is an important cultural tradition.

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