Japan will seek to remove some whale species from the international endangered species list in hopes that it can resume commercial whaling, the nation said yesterday at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Grenada. The U.S., Britain, Australia, and New Zealand stand staunchly opposed to a resumption of commercial whaling. Similar requests from Japan to open up whaling have been defeated in the past, but the nation is optimistic about its chances for success at the April 2000 meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.