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Iriomote Cat Update: JTEF submits to IUCN "What is the holistic approach to address increasing tourism/visitors pressure in Iriomote Island?

On 17 October, 2017, the IUCN experts arrived in Iriomote Island to conduct an on-the-spot review on the nomination of Iriomote Island for inscription in the World Heritage List. On 19 October, the Government of Japan hosted a meeting between IUCN experts and local stakeholders of Iriomote Island as a part of the on-site review by IUCN.
Firstly, in the context of inscription on the World Heritage List the most outstanding issue for Iriomote Island is the potential for adverse effects from tourism/visitors pressure on the ecosystem. Based on their observations, they suggested that the key measure for protection and management of Iriomote Island as a World Natural Heritage is to introduce a “holistic (comprehensive)” approach (management) to address increasing tourism/visitor pressure. They recommended the participants at the meeting to have a vision with regard to the limit of the number of visitors to be allowed to enter in the Island overall in other words, to envision what the carrying capacity is for tourists. The requirements for the said holistic or comprehensive management should include;
(a)   Thinking about the island as a whole unit;
(b)   Consistency and Integrity;
(c)   Sufficient effectiveness; and
(d)   Serving as a total volume control to tourism/visitors pressure.

This report is available in both Japanese and English. It can be downloaded in Enlgish Here. 2nd Report to IUCN (34 Pages, Size: 5,407 KB)

See the official press release here Press Release (1 page, 238 KB)

The Japanese version can be found here.本文PDFを見る (28 Pages, Size: 5,011KB)


JTEF Releases A Major Report on the Doemstic Ivory Situation in Japan

Japan's refusal in closing its domestic ivory market will be challenged at the CITES Meeting to be held on 27th November. A comprehensive report criticizing Japan's ivory trade controls was released by the Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund on Nov.17, 2017. The report titled: “Why Should the Japanese Domestic Ivory Market Be Closed? -How ivory traders are capitalising on the failures in policy and governance, and corruption within institutions-” was completed after years of research and dedication in both Japanese and English. It can be downloaded below either in full or by section. (The Japanese version can be found here.)

JTEF_Ivory_Full_Eng.pdf 192 Pages . 7,731 KB

JTEF_Ivory_Summary_Eng.pdf  7 Pages . 240 KB

Title and Intro First Section including Table of Contents 698 KB
Chapter 1
233 KB
Chapter 2 2,437 KB
Chapter 3 898 KB
Chapter 4 1,826 KB

Chapter 5 1,040 KB
Chapter 6 297 KB
Chapter 7 382 KB
Chapter 8 408 KB

Conclusion References, Annex  657 KB


【Media: PRESS RELEASE】Released Nov 17, 2017  52 KB



JTEF Submits Comments to IUCN as Iriomote Applies to Become a World Heritage Site

The Japanese Government has nominated Iriomote Island as a World Heritage Site. (Officially nominating “Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island” for inscription on the World Heritage List.) JTEF has issued a short report in response to the Japanese Government’s nomination proposal, compiling the most recent data and analyzing relevant information. The contents of the report are quite useful for IUCN’s evaluation of the natural heritage nomination & we hope they are taken into consideration during the evaluation process.  Click here to download the full report (35 pages) which was submitted to the IUCN review committee.




From August 26-Sept 3, 2017 at the JTEF office in Toranomon, the amazingly real paintings of Mr. Tanaka Toyomi will be displayed. Admission is free. He has been a long time supporter of the Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund's work and throughout this exhibition time, we will also put up for silent auction, 6 of his art pieces. We hope that people will take time to come see the paintings in person, but for those who cannot, the silent auction is avialable for veiwing online. Click here to see the online auction http://jtefcharityjikkou.org/.

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. Read the report



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. Read the report

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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