Conserv’Session Conservation Documentary Nights
Date & Time
2016 November 26, 5-7.30 pm
Graduate School of Letters, Basement 1, Room L012, Main Campus, Kyoto University
The Ivory Game (112 min.)
Director / Co-founder, Tears of the African Elephant
Assistant director, Wildlife division, Nature conservation bureau, Ministry of the Environment
This meeting was a good opportunity to gather two different views on Japan's position regarding the
ivory trade: the NGO side represented by Airi Yamawaki and the government side represented by Saeko Terada.
Tears of the African Elephant supports the proposed ban for Japan's ivory market and wished that all African
elephant populations had been uplisted to Appendix I in Johannesburg, while the Ministry of the Environment
prefers to keep the ivory market open and states that due to an increase in numbers, the African elephant
populations mentioned above cannot be uplisted.
We started the session with the screening of The Ivory Game depicting the illegal trade in elephant tusks including
conservationists battling poachers, investigative journalists following the money trails, wildlife law enforcement
NGOs leading undercover investigations and black market traders in China. After the film, we contextualize the
role of Japan into the ivory trade - something absent from the movie. Airi Yamawaki and Saeko Terada both
described their respective work regarding the issue and answered questions from the public...
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— Cécile Sarabian
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