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Display of ivory items at a shop in Tokyo’s tourist areas. A sticker promotes “made in Japan” shown also in Chinese and Korean © TRAFFIC

Ivory Towers An Assessment of Japan’s Ivory trade and domestic market,

Display of ivory items at a shop in Tokyo’s tourist areas. A sticker promotes “made in Japan” shown also in Chinese and Korean © TRAFFIC

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Published 20th December 2017

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Japan’s ivory market must close

Tokyo, Japan, 20th December 2017—well-organized transnational criminal networks and a poorly regulated domestic market are among the factors making Japan a lucrative target for procuring ivory products for illegal export. In the continued absence of effective regulation and law enforcement, WWF and TRAFFIC are calling for the closure of Japan’s domestic ivory market pursuant to CITES [1].

Ivory towers: Japan’s Ivory trade and domestic market

Report author(s):
Tonomi Kitade and Ryoko Nishino

Publication date:
December 2017


Notes:

[1] CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
[2] ETIS is the Elephant Trade and Information System. ETIS is a database of seizure records concerning illegal trade in ivory and is managed by TRAFFIC as mandated by CITES.