Slow loris

Japanese laws on endangered species

There are several laws related to endangered species in Japan.

A Pattern diagram (click here)

The operation of amendment of Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (click here )

Eel

Eels in Japan; Habitat status,aquaculture and trade in Japan (Nov.2017)
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Eels in Japan Downroad in English
Eels in Japan Downroad in French
Eels in Japan Downroad in Spanish

 

There is strong demand for eel in Japan, and the cooked item known as “kabayaki” is sold even in supermarkets and fast-food stores. A DNA survey conducted by Greenpeace in 2014 revealed that the eel sold at major supermarkets included European eel, Anguilla anguilla (Appendix Ⅱ, IUCN Redlist CR), American eel A. rostrata (IUCN EN), as well as Japanese eel, A. japonica (IUCN EN). The species found in “kabayaki” imported from China sometimes differed from that in the sales contracts, revealing that the system for traceability is inadequate.

Kyodo News revealed that between November 2016 and April 2017, 19.5 tons of glass eels were released into domestic A. japonica aquaculture ponds. Of those, 8.4t were registered as caught in Japan and 4.1t were imported from Hong Kong, while the remaining 7t were likely poached or came from other illegal sources. (Kyodo, June 4, 2017)

Further, since there is hardly any glass eel fishing in Hong Kong, it has been suggested that glass eels are smuggled from Taiwan, where their export is prohibited, and that such trading provides income for Japan’s crime syndicates. (Wedge, 2015 and August 2017)

Further, since there is hardly any glass eel fishing in Hong Kong, it has been suggested that glass eels are smuggled from Taiwan, where their export is prohibited, and that such trading provides income for Japan’s crime syndicates. (Wedge, 2015 and August 2017)

Despite the fact that the consumption of eel in Japan is linked to poaching, smuggling and crime syndicates, the government is reluctant to introduce regulations, which raises fears that over fishing may lead to the extinction of the species.

Slow loris

Despite the facts that the popular slow loris species are Appendix II listed and that since 2005 imports of primates for the pet trade have been prohibited because of zoonotic infections, many slow lorises are still smuggled into Japan. When the species were upgraded to Appendix I and gained the protection of conservation legislation, smuggling decreased. Nevertheless, there are continual cases involving abuse of registrations made before the upgrade.

In 2014, in co-operation with Louisa Musing of Oxford Brooks University, JWCS investigated the trade in slow lorises in Japan and produced the following paper:.
CROSSING INTERNATIONAL BORDERS: THE TRADE OF SLOW LORISES Nycticebus spp. AS PETS IN JAPAN  Louisa Musing, Kirie Suzuki, and K.A.I. Nekaris

When the “Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” was amended in 2017, articles were added requiring the implantation of microchip IDs at registration and making registrations for fixed periods. JWCS lobbied for strict enforcement of the legislation but was unable to exact any further changes.

 

Whaling

“The Act On the Implementation of Cetacean Scientific Research for the Resumption of Commercial Whaling”.

This bill was passed, after a mere four days debate, on the final day of the parliamentary session, in June 2017.

Complete text of the Act (Japanese)

Joint NGO Statement

Only one member, Taro Yamamoto of the Upper House, spoke against the motion. 

”It’s not culture,but the interest of the Fisheries Agency ~the Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean~” (YouTube, English subtitle, click here )

 

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