The whaling mother ship NISSHIN MARU is due for replacement, replacement and a new vessel would cost twice the amount that the entire industry takes in each year in sales.
Another one for scientific research. By now they must have a deep knowledge of these species, but it is never enough.
The picture is of a minke whale from domestic catching.
The Minke whales are plentiful and not a threatened specie:
From the article:
After years of thinly disguised commercial whaling under the pretence of scientific research, Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2019 and immediately permitted its fleet to operate commercially in domestic waters.