According to the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, by the end of July 2023, there were 56 fatal accidents caused by bears, the highest number in the same period since 2010. In years when the number of bear infestations is high, human casualties tend to increase, especially in October, and this year, the Tohoku region is expected to have a poor harvest of acorns, which are eaten by bears before they hibernate, so caution is being urged. As part of the Wildlife College 2023 curriculum, JWCS held fieldwork in Ina City, Nagano Prefecture on August 5th and 6th to learn about damage prevention and conservation caused by Asiatic black bears. […]
Request to the TMG to implement the recommendations of Advisory Council on Regulation of Ivory Trade
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Advisory Council on Regulation of Ivory Trade concluded on 29 March 2022 and compiled a report. Then, in October 2022, before the 19th Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP19), the TMG sent a letter to the national government “Re: Action on Tokyo’s Ivory Trade”. The letter requested stricter ivory trade management due to concerns about ivory being taken out of the country as a result of the increase in the number of people entering the country in the future. However, despite incidents of ivory illegally exported from Japan being seized in China, the Japanese Government did not change its assertion at the Conference of the […]
JWCS is participating in CITES-related meetings: the 75th session of the Standing Committee on 13 November, the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties from 14 to 25 November and the 767th session of the Standing Committee on 25 November. The meetings will be livestreaming on the CITES Youtube channel. The agenda of interest for Japan is as follows. ・While other countries around the world are closing their domestic ivory markets, Japan has no regulations on the sale of ivory products and is under pressure to deal with illegal exports from Japan. ・A proposal has been submitted for Appendices II listing of Requiem sharks, including blue sharks, which are […]
NGOs sent a letter to the governor of Tokyo,TMG to follow through on its commitment and take action to address concerns about Tokyo’s ivory trade by implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Council to guide Tokyo’s path forward. Re: Advisory Council’s Recommendations on Tokyo’s Ivory Trade Refarence: YouTube Why Closure of Japanese Ivory Market is Require?
The final meeting of the ‘The Advisory Council on Regulation of Ivory Trade’ was held on 29 March by Tokyo Metropolitan Government. At the meeting, recommendations were compiled, which were a significant step forward from the draft report discussed at the previous meeting. The report said that efforts should be made to promote appropriate ivory trade, and that (1) the government should be encouraged to tighten management, (2) efforts should be made to prevent ivory being taken out of the country, and (3) ordinances and other effective methods should be considered. The report records that “Voices from Abroad to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government” includes letters sent to the Governor of […]
NGOs sent a letter to the governor of Tokyo after it became possible that the governor’s report from the advisory committee would not include he consideration of ivory trade regulations based on an Ordinance and other measures. Re: Specific Recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Regulation of Ivory Trade Needed
The Tokyo Olympic Games are over, but that hasn’t eliminated concerns about tourists coming to Japan to buy ivory. Thirty-one NGOs from around the world, including the JWCS, have sent a letter to the governor of Tokyo asking her to close a ivory market.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been having expert committee meetings on ivory trade regulation. It conducted a questionnaire to ivory dealers in Tokyo and submitted a report to the committee. JWCS has translated it into English. Report of the ivory market survey December 2020 Policy Coordination Section Policy Coordination Department Office of Governor for Policy Planning Tokyo Metropolitan Government The original Japanese version is available on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government official website. 『象牙実態調査報告書』 The official site for this committee is here.
JWCS has submitted a public comment on a draft report, titled “Inspection results on the implementation status of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan” called for by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) The 516th measure regard to controlling the trade of rare wild species was assessed as “a+ already achieved”. We pointed out that its implementation is inadequate and demanded more efforts are still needed in terms. Full version PDF