Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund(JTEF)

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Will They Join The Fight Against Japan's Domestic Ivory Market?
NGO's Awaiting Response From WWF-Japan Petition

On Feb 15, three organizations submitted a petition to WWF-Japan to ask them to support closing Japan's domestic ivory market. WWF-Japan's official position currently states that Japan does not need to close it's market, due to there being a lack of connection to illegally poached ivory. WWF-Japan, being the largest environmental organization with possibly the largest influence on the Government of Japan has been in effect, dragging it's feet on criticizing the domestic ivory trade which is based mostly on the lucrative hanko (name stamp) business. WWF-J's position actually makes it more difficult for the other organizations like JTEF to move forward in their public awareness campaigns. This petition clearly outlines the immediate need for action and to move forward on concrete governmental legislation which will greatly reduce Japan's consumption of ivory. We hope that changing Japanese policies will ultimately reduce demand of ivory; stop the elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade.

Click here to learn more and to download the full petition letter (4 pages) which was submitted to WWF-Japan.



JTEF prepared for and distributed the report: "The Last Ivory Ban Haven" at CITES CoP17 held in Sep. 24 - Oct.4 in Johannesburg.
The link to the full report (12 pages) is here.

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JTEF Report on Japanese ivory market is publicized

This report, 'What Lies Beneath', Exposing the loopholes within Japan’s control of internal ivory trade, brings out the flaws within the Japanese Law for Conservation of Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora(LCES), its associated databases and, how smuggling syndicates have exploited it to get away from being penalized. Through a case of illegally trading of Ivory by one renowned Ivory manufacturing dealer, the report captures the intrinsic danger that such a weak law will bring in at a time of rampant illegal trade of Ivory.

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Special Thanks for Translation to
Mr.Remi Chandran,Ms.Shiho Fujiwara,Ms.Naoko Hihara
Ms.Kayoko Honda,Ms.Yoko Ishihara,Ms.Tetsuko Kato
Ms.Naoko Kida,Ms.Erika Kubo,Mr.Julian Littler
Ms.Risa Matsumura,Ms.Kyoko Saji,Ms.Yoshimi Umemura,Ms.Chikako Yamazaki