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Tokyo urged to resurrect ivory trade assessment

WASHINGTON/TOKYO (June 26, 2020)— Elephant advocates worldwide are urging the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, under Governor Yuriko Koike’s leadership, to complete Tokyo’s elephant ivory trade assessment, which is examining the trade in ivory in Tokyo prefecture, and propose measures to address it. As Tokyo embraces the “new normal” and continues to adapt to address COVID-19, the advocates are renewing their […]

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Investigation Reveals Hanko Demand Drives Japan’s Illegal Ivory Trade

Read the report Tokyo, Japan – Nearly 200 retailers in Japan are willing to sell ivory hanko knowing the sought-after name seals are destined for export which is illegal, a new investigation reveals. A report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), How Ivory Hanko Destroyed Africa’s Elephants and Drives Japan’s Illegal Ivory Trade, documents the […]

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EIA Applauds Japan’s AEON for Elephant Ivory Phase-out

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) praised AEON’s official announcement that it will phase out all sales of elephant ivory by tenants in all of AEON’s numerous malls across Japan by March 2020. EIA president Allan Thornton said: “AEON’s decision to end all ivory sales in its malls sends a strong signal […]

Hong Kong Customs displays 82.5kg of rhino horns from South Africa and destined for Malaysia. Photo: ISD
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EIA Condemns Japan’s Ivory Tusk Registration Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC – The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today condemned the Government of Japan’s decision to launch a nationwide ivory tusk registration campaign characterizing it as a large-scale amnesty of illegal ivory. “The Government of Japan is not only promoting trade in illegal ivory to sustain its ivory traders, but is also sabotaging international efforts […]

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Japan’s Internet Retail Giant Rakuten Ichiba Ceasing Ivory Sales

To read this release in Japanese, click here. WASHINGTON, DC—The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) praised Japanese internet retail giant Rakuten Ichiba for its decision to end all sales of elephant ivory. Rakuten’s comprehensive policy change to ensure elephants are protected from the trade in ivory became effective July 1st. “EIA commends Rakuten for supporting African […]