Tag: japan-wildlife

Reality Check: Japan’s Legal Domestic Ivory Market

Briefing Document for Delegates to the 77th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

Japan’s elephant ivory market is open – the legal framework for the control of the trade in ivory is designed and built to regulate and facilitate commercial ivory trade and support ivory traders.

World Elephant Day 2023

Since the world banned the international trade of ivory in 1989, most nations have done their part to protect elephants by closing their domestic ivory markets. When will Japan join the fight?

Letter: NGOs Urge Action from Tokyo on Ivory

On January 19, 2023, EIA and 17 other Japanese and international NGOs sent a letter to Tokyo’s Governor Koike, applauding her and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for action taken on the trade in elephant ivory thus far. The organizations also encouraged Tokyo to continue to heed the recommendations from the designated Advisory Council, including by enacting an ordinance […]

Letter: NGOs Appeal to Japan’s Prime Minister for Ivory Market Closure

EIA and nine other organizations appealed to Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida to commit to the closure of Japan’s domestic ivory market to send a signal to the global community that Japan is ready to join other countries and take a significant step to protect Africa’s elephants from being killed for their ivory. This appeal comes ahead […]

CITES Briefing Document: Key Priorities and Recommendations for CoP19

EIA encourages CoP19 to reject the proposal from Namibia and Botswana to transfer Namibia’s population of southern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum) from Appendix I to Appendix II with an annotation limiting commercial trade to live animals for in-situ conservation only and hunting trophies. CITES Parties voted against the adoption of a very similar proposal […]