An Indifference to Ivory: Cultural Traditions of Japan May No Longer Dictate Elephant Contraband

An Indifference to Ivory: Cultural Traditions of Japan

In Japan, ivory products have often been described as a part of Japanese culture and tradition but what does ivory really mean to Japanese citizens? Is there really such a high demand for ivory? Are Japanese citizens aware that elephants are subject to continued bloodshed as a result of this demand?

Only 7% of all poll participants supported importing ivory while 61% (including 30% who are strongly opposed) were opposed. However, 32% of those polled were undecided on whether they support or oppose. The majority of both males and females were in opposition to importing ivory (Male-63%; Female-56%), and, approximately 70% of each age group polled was opposed except for males 15-19 years old (wherein the opposition rate stayed at 49%). Females aged 50-59 had the highest percentage rate of opposition at 71%.

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Vice President, Hoofd Internationale Activiteiten en Programma's
President en Algemeen Directeur
Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Directeur Frankrijk en Franstalig Afrika
Directeur Frankrijk en Franstalig Afrika
Regiodirecteur Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika
Regiodirecteur Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika
Dr. Joseph Okori
Regiodirecteur Zuidelijk Afrika en Hoofd Programma Natuurbehoud
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regiodirecteur Rusland en GOS
Regiodirecteur Rusland en GOS
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regiodirecteur Azië
Regiodirecteur Azië
Jeffrey Flocken, Regiodirecteur Noord-Amerika
Regiodirecteur Noord-Amerika
Kelvin Alie, Vice-president IFAW, Hoofd Programma Dierenwelzijn en Natuu
Vice-president IFAW
Peter LaFontaine, Manager Campagnes, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Manager Campagnes, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Rikkert Reijnen, Hoofd Programma Wildlife Crime
Hoofd Programma Wildlife Crime
Country Representative IFAW Duitsland
Country Representative IFAW Duitsland
Tania McCrea-Steele, Internationaal Projectleider Wildlife Crime
Internationaal Projectleider Wildlife Crime
Vivek Menon, Senior adviseur bedrijfsvoering en filantropie
Senior adviseur bedrijfsvoering en filantropie