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Japan's wildlife consumption market has changed dramatically since the 1970s and 80s © Martin Harvey / WWF

Setting Suns the historical decline of ivory and rhino horn markets in Japan

Japan's wildlife consumption market has changed dramatically since the 1970s and 80s © Martin Harvey / WWF

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Published 25th April 2016

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New study casts light on changing wildlife consumption patterns in Japan

Tokyo, Japan, 25 April 2016—A TRAFFIC study launched today provides powerful insights into how Japan changed from being the world’s largest market for rhino horn and elephant ivory during the country’s economic boom in the 1970s and 1980s, to a point where only a small fraction of the domestic market exists today.

Setting Suns: the Historical Decline of Ivory and Rhino Horn Markets in Japan

Report author(s):
Tomomi Kitade, Ayako Toko

Publication date:
April 2016