The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled this week that whaling as conducted by Japan in the Antarctic is not consistent with the requirements of scientific whaling under the “International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling”. The court has agreed with the case presented by Australia in 2010 and Japan must now at least temporarily halt its program. In response, Japan said it would abide by the decision but added that it "regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision". Japan signed on to a moratorium on whaling in 1986, but continued whaling in the north and south Pacific under provisions that allowed for scientific research however whale meat is very popular with Japanese consumers. Once common, whaling is now conducted by only of only a handful of countries, including Japan Iceland and Norway.