Stop Ivory Trade



On March 3, 2018 for World Wildlife Day, the action JTEF took was to submit a petition to ask retailers to cut their connection to domestic ivory for making Hanko. The 5 Japanese and International organizations endorsing this action are listed above with their websites.
The petition can be downloaded below in English.

Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund
Tears of the African Elephant
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Humane Society International (HSI)

The petition was sent to the following companies:
Ito-Yokado (Tokyo) A major general super market. It manages 168 stores mainly in the eastern part of Japan.
Uni (Aichi) A major shopping center and super market chain. It holds more than 200 stores in the eastern and central areas of Japan.
Gre-eight (Tokyo) Major franchise chain of hanko shop under the brand of "Hanko-ya-san 21". It has stores that number more than 300 all over Japan.
Yahoo! Japan (Tokyo) Dealing with a very active online market for Ivory, this company has refused to change their policy despite public pressure in the past.
Japan Insho (hanko) Business Association A public interest incorporated association aiming to contribute to the development of the hanko registration system in Japan. It is comprised of nationwide hanko retailers.


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Click for English version MakeYourMarkPetition_Eng.pdf English. 324 KB

Please take action and sign our petition as an individual or as a group.
We will continue to collect name stamps for the rest of the year at various events and ask for your support!

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



NGO's Awaiting Response From WWF-Japan Petition On Feb 15, 2017 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, 2016 in Johannesburg.
The link to the full report (12 pages) is here. Read the report

JTEF Report on Japanese ivory market is publicized (2013)

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 reprt

The biggest Japanese ivory manufacturers were arrested(May,2011)

JTEF Report on Japanese ivory market(March,2010)

JTEF View to ivory trade proposal for CITES CoP15

Questionaire Survey on sales of ivory "hankos"(2009)

Japan's import of 39 tonnes of ivory from one-off sale in 2008

Save the Elephant from the threat of ivory consumption(2008)