An elephant silhouetted against the setting sun

Appeal for Closure of Japan’s Ivory Market

EIA and 22 other organizations appeal to Japan’s Minister of the Environment, Shintaro Ito, to lead Japan in closing the domestic elephant ivory market. Japan has the world’s largest remaining legal ivory market, which contributes to the illegal international trade that fuels the elephant poaching crisis. As Japan’s Law for the Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (LCES) undergoes a formal review between 2024 and 2026, the Government of Japan has an opportunity to make meaningful regulatory changes that would effectively close the country’s ivory market, demonstrating that Japan is ready to join the rest of the world in protecting elephants.