Japan Tiger Elephant Organization

We promote the conservation of nature for the future of all wildlife. By maintaining a rich natural heritage we support our healthy lifestyles as well.


Wild tigers are only found in Asia. As a symbol of strength, but with only 3,500 left in the wild, they have become the symbol of extinction. The tigers rely on rich habitats where they can move vast distances to find prey. Protecting the tiger means protecting the forests and in turn, protects our natural resources which support all human life.


The massive elephants represent the vast wilderness of Asia & Africa, shaping the ecosystems as keystone species. Powerfully pushing trees down, they are creating a beautiful mosaic of forests and grasslands and planting seeds in their droppings, as they move over vast distances. By saving the elephants, we can conserve the habitats where they live.

Iriomote Cats

Since its discovery in 1965, only 100 individuals are thought to be living as the top predators on Iriomote Island, the smallest area in the world where wild cats are found. Humans living in coexistence with nature and this cat for thousands of years is a testament to the harmonious way of life on the island. We hope to continue to support the sustainable way of life on the island.

News and Resources

REPORT: Submission of the briefing on TMG’s subsidies to ivory industry to the Governor
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On June 11, 2024, JTEF and Environmental Investigation Agency based in Washington D.C. submitted a briefing: “Tokyo Metropolitan Government Subsidies to Ivory Industry Stakeholders” to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (See the summary the briefing on EIA website). It revealed that Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs has paid subsidies annually [yearly average of around 4 million JPY…

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REPORT: Three years after inscription of Iriomote Island on the World Heritage List
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JTEF Yamaneko Patrol published a report to assess the development of the management and protection of Iriomote Island, a World Heritage site, which were made by the State Party, give insights on an emerging issue, and provide recommendations and submitted it to IUCN that is responsible for monitoring World Natural Heritage sites on behalf of the World Heritage Committee (WHC).…

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BLOG: Japan is Revising its Law on Ivory Trade – Time to Finally Close the Market
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On the streets of Tokyo, if you’re looking for elephant ivory products, particularly hanko (name seals), you can pop into a shop and purchase ivory legally and easily. In recent years most ivory consumer countries have closed their domestic markets for ivory. However, one major outlier still remains open for business: Japan. For years, the EIA and JTEF have drawn…

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REPORT: Reality Check – Japan’s Legal Domestic Ivory Market – Toward he 77th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC77)
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The 77th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC77) will be held on 5th to 10th November 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland. Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund (JTEF) and Envitonmental Investigation Agency (EIA) published a briefing Document for delegates to SC77. Overview ● Japan’s legal framework for the control of the trade in elephant ivory is designed and built to regulate…

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