Australia tells Japan: Stop whaling or face court
Australia has set a deadline for Japan to stop whaling in the Southern Ocean by November this year, or face international legal action.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he was still hopeful that talks with Japan would lead to a voluntary halt.
Japan's Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada is to visit Australia this weekend.
Despite a 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan kills hundreds of whales each year, ostensibly for scientific research.