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Thursday, 21st October 2010
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Japan trading in rare species

A new report reveals that Japan is a large importer of rare animals despite the trade being heavily restricted.

Research conducted by Traffic East Asia-Japan showed that Japan is the world's second largest importer of tortoises and birds. The country is also a key orchid trader.

In addition, the data revealed that Japan is responsible for the import of around 1,600 species out of 5,000 animal species and plant species designated rare by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Traffic East Asia-Japan is calling for authorities to take steps to review the country's import records and move towards a greater "responsible consumption" of the rare species.

Founded in 1994, Traffic East Asia-Japan has conducted a number of reports in to the trading of wildlife in the region, including investigations into the ivory trade, Musk Deer farming and live tortoise and freshwater turtle pet importing.

Written by Susan Ballion.