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%.

Experts

Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Directeur Frankrijk en Franstalig Afrika
Directeur Frankrijk en Franstalig Afrika
Olifantendeskundige voor het IFAW
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regiodirecteur Azië
Regiodirecteur Azië
James Isiche, Regiodirecteur Oost-Afrika
Regiodirecteur Oost-Afrika
Regiodirecteur Zuidelijk Afrika / Hoofd Programma Olifanten
Regiodirecteur Zuidelijk Afrika / Hoofd Programma Olifanten
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Rikkert Reijnen, Manager Campagnes, IFAW Netherlands
Campaigner, IFAW Nederland
Vivek Menon, regiodirecteur Zuid-Azië
Regiodirecteur Zuid-Azië