At Cites COP15 held in March 2010, the amendment proposal submitted by Tanzania and Zambia to downlist their African elephants from appendix I to II as well as their proposal for the export quota of ivory were unfortunately rejected.
In CITES, ivory export countries need to prove that they protect live elephants, manage ivories of naturally dead elephants, strengthen domestic controls including poaching countermeasures and that the number of elephants is surely on the increase. However, the present status indicates that a large sum of expenses is being required for that management. As a matter of fact, especially the elephants in southern Africa are clearly increasing.
Japan, on the other hand, is currently approved by CITES as a trading partner and under the supervision of regulatory authorities, we as an association, strictly comply with “the Law for the conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” the legislation provided to protect wildlife creatures, so that Japan can continuously keep its position as an appropriate import country. Besides, we have been making every effort towards conservation of elephants over the years.
We cherish and utilize the ivory which is a gift of Mother Nature, continue our traditional cultures and make ivory arts and crafts.
According to CITES, African elephant range states can utilize funds from ivory sales only for the conservation of elephants. In other words, elephants can be safeguarded by the ivory trade. We would like to continue our efforts in future enabling more people to understand that utilization of ivory can serve conservation.
Stabilization through CITES in the future supply of ivory as a raw material will make it possible for the producing countries to secure funds for elephant conservation and for us to produce ivory arts and crafts to hand over the traditional cultures to future generations. Therefore, we will continue to work actively to achieve that goal.
Go Tsurumi, Chairman
Tokyo Ivory Arts & Crafts Associations
Director general : Go Tsurumi
Management director : Youhei Motohashi
Director : Mitsuyoshi Yamamoto
Director : Tsuyoshi Okada
Director : Yasuhiro Ishibashi
Director : Takatsugu Okuma
auditor : Toshiaki Tsujita
auditor : Kouichirou Kitagawa
Counselor : Minoru Sakurai
Advisor licensed tax accountant : Asami Accounting Firm
February, the 20th year of Meiji：Tokyo carving craft assembly is found.
The 37th year of Meiji : Tokyo ivory carving trade association is organized in the trader group of Tokyo carving craft assembly member.
The 16th year of Showa : Along with the enforcement of the industry association law due to the controlled economy of the wartime, Tokyo ivory carving trade association is changed to Tokyo export carving craft enterprise association.
The 21th year of Showa : After the war, by the guidance of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tokyo export carving craft enterprise association is dissolved. Tokyo ivory arts and crafts association which included traders and craftsmen is found.
October 30, the 42nd year of Showa : Tokyo ivory arts and crafts association is dissolved, Tokyo ivory arts and crafts association is found, until now.
（businesses which are actually done）
(1) The joint purchase of the raw material.
(2) The exchange meeting of the ivory and product
(3) The execution of the joint advertisement business
(4) Holding of the exhibition and exhibition for immediate sale
Do you know it?
A government authorization seal was stuck to the ivory processing product.
To do the Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora more effectively,"Law for the Conservation of Species" is carried out.The authorization seal (Mark stamp) which government authorized is being attached to the ivory processing product manufactured by the ivory which obtained properly by this.
Be satisfied with the traditional beauty of this ivory craftwork.
The skill of the tradition and the beauty of the eternity that have been succeeded to for a long time. The noble luster that is transmitted to the deep place of our hearts,and the delicate work technology which makes use of that nobility for,have taken high evaluation as the art goods with value getting over the age. Be satisfied with the deep noble taste only in the original ivory.
3-26-3 west Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan
TEL 03-3841-2533 FAX 03-3841-2557
Corporation subway,Ginza line/Asakusa,Tahara-cho station walking 10 minutes
• Metropolitan subway, Asakusa line/Asakusa station walking 10 minutes
• Tobu line/Asakusa station walking 10 minutes
• Metropolitan bus/west Asakusa 3 walking 5 minutes