Australia has rejected any talk of allowing Japan to resume coastal whaling in return for discontinuing the discredited "Scientiffic Whaling" that Japan now currrently engages in. Other members of the 78-nation International Whaling Commission, however, might be more agreeable to such a compromise.
The gulf between Australia and Japan over whaling has deepened as some other conservation nations shift towards a compromise with the Asian power.
A possible trade-off of commercial whaling off Japan's coast for the end of its discredited "scientific" whaling has resurfaced at talks in London. Such a deal was rejected by strong anti-whaling countries, including Australia, which also stiffened its censure of Japan over the conduct of its Antarctic whaling.