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Summary Briefing: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Subsidies to Ivory Industry Lobbyists

While most consumer countries have closed their legal ivory markets to protect elephants from trade in their ivory tusks, Japan’s market remains open and its ivory industry supported by the national government.

In Tokyo, Governor Yuriko Koike has taken the initiative to address the city’s ivory trade and identify how to eliminate its contribution to illegal activity. However, the Metropolitan Government has also been paying annual subsidies to Tokyo’s leading ivory industry association to support resuming the international ivory trade, increasing domestic demand for ivory crafts and products, and facilitating ivory trade.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government must act to halt these subsidies and protect elephants from trade in their ivory. EIA and Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund (JTEF) provide recommendations for Tokyo in this summary briefing.