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Opinion | Who really creates value in an economy?

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 19:35
Value is determined collectively, by business, workers, strategic public institutions, and civil society organizations

Opinion | How Basel III plugged regulatory loopholes

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 19:35
It is not foolproof, but it has fixed Basel II’s flaws and reduced the likelihood of cataclysmic events like the global financial crisis recurring

Opinion | The long shadow of the 2008 financial crisis

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 19:34
Macroeconomic management has become more difficult for developing countries like India due to the global monetary non-system

Opinion | The right and healthy way to start a life

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 19:31
A holistic drive is needed to overcome the socio-cultural barriers and systemic hurdles to improve the health and nutrition outcomes of our children and women

IISD/ENB @ CRC 14 | 13 Sep 2018 | Rome, IT | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 13. September 2018 - 14:34
On Thursday, 13 September 2018, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 14th Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-14) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, which took place from from 11 to 13 September 2018, at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy

Opinion | Daring to respond with love

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 11:22
Stories must be told even if we find ourselves unable to package them into shiny narratives

Opinion | Television’s most romantic relationship

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 11:06
‘Schitt’s Creek’, doesn’t sound like the place you’ll find the most tender romance on television

Opinion | The romance of a ‘paltan’

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 9:49
At war, the ‘izzat’ of the ‘paltan’ is often more important than the love for country. After a soldier dies, the blood of his ‘paltan’ runs through the veins of his family

Apple finally gets how to play the China market

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 8:10
What Apple seems to have taken from the experience of the iPhone 5c and SE is that consumers around the world don’t necessarily want a cheaper alternative

Opinion | Money lessons from the financial crisis for SIP investors in India

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 6:35
It is for the new investor, who hasn’t seen a deep crash, that the lessons are most important

Opinion | The FPI fiasco holds important lessons for Sebi

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 5:33
Sebi should slow down on the rule-making front. Instead, it should focus on enforcement

Opinion: Why the Indian Army dislikes any focus on AFSPA

News from India - 13. September 2018 - 5:22
Matters are a lot more complex than the simplistic explanations offered by proponents of AFSPA—even though its active existence in 2018 is proof that AFSPA hasn’t ever stopped rebellion

ENB Report | BBNJ IGC 1 | 12 Sep 2018 | Bangkok, TH | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 13. September 2018 - 4:36
On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a daily report from the Bangkok Climate Change Conference - September 2018, which will meet from 4 to 9 September 2018, from the UN Conference Centre (UNCC) in UN Headquarters, New York

IISD/ENB @ BBNJ IGC 1 | 12 Sep 2018 | New York, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 13. September 2018 - 3:06
On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 1st Session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an International Legally Binding Instrument Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), which will meet from 4 to 17 September 2018, at UN Headquerters in New York

New study finds Yahoo Japan and weak legislation perpetuating online ivory trade

News from WWF - 13. September 2018 - 2:00
Tokyo, Japan, 13th September 2018 - Yahoo Japan is the single biggest online platform for elephant ivory sales in Japan, according to a new TRAFFIC investigation, which recorded a staggering 4,414 ivory items plus 35 whole tusks for sale over a four-week period in June and July 2018.
The latest findings were revealed today in System Error, Reboot Required: Review of online ivory trade in Japan, which finds the overall number of elephant ivory items for sale on Yahoo Japan had fallen by 55%—from 9,788 to 4,414—compared to a similar survey in 2017. However the study found that the combined total value of ivory traded fell by only 16%, to JPY 37.8 million (USD 340,626) over the same time period, largely because of an increase in the sales of whole tusks, from 22 to 35.
Under current Japanese legislation, only sales of whole ivory tusks have to be registered, but two of the tusks were sold without appropriate documentation.
The buoyant ivory sales on Yahoo Japan were in marked contrast to other major Japanese retail platforms, notably Rakuten-Ichiba, Rakuma and Mercari—all of whom introduced voluntary ivory bans in 2017 following international concerns about the sale of ivory in domestic markets fuelling demand and leading to the poaching of elephants. Shops selling ivory were no longer identified on Rakuten-Ichiba and there was a significant reduction in ivory advertisements on Mecari (up to 98%) and on Rakuma, although a number of cryptic advertisements, use of code words, and rapid turnover in ivory products indicated some ongoing persistent trade.

"The major online retail outlets in Japan have aligned their policies with those of the international community—apart from Yahoo Japan, who appear to undervalue the impact and risk of continuing to trade ivory," Tomomi Kitade, Head of TRAFFIC's Japan Office and lead author of the report.

Some 88% of the trade in ivory observed on the Yahoo Auction website, part of the Yahoo Japan group, lacked proof-of-legality. The platform has also previously been identified as a source in the illegal export of 3.2 tonnes of ivory to China over an 18 month period up to April 2012.

TRAFFIC's surveys also attempted to assess the impact of new regulations that came into force in Japan in June 2018, which call upon any businesses, as opposed to private individuals, selling ivory to display their registration details. However, according to the study "Non-compliance with the requirement to display business registration was relatively high overall, ranging from 22% to 52%. Furthermore, discerning whether the legal requirement applies to the many anonymous sellers on auction, CtoC (Customer to Customer) and SNS (Social Networking Sites) platforms presented a serious challenge."
Although there is a government schemefor voluntary product certification, the study found its use sparse amongst online retailers and nearly non-existent on other platforms.
"The Japanese governmentshould urgently introduce measures that effectively ban unregulated CtoC trade, while all e-commerce companies should introduce voluntary bans on ivory products and collaborate with initiatives such as the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online," said Kitade [1]

IvoryTowers:An Assessment ofJapan's Ivory Trade and Domestic Market, a TRAFFIC study released in December 2017 revealed how poor regulation of the domestic ivory market in Japan had led to illegal exports of ivory, particularly to the Chinese market.
Japan's lack of adequate regulation of its domestic ivory market means the country is failing to live up to its commitments under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which calls on countries to take every measure to ensure domestic ivory markets do not contribute to elephant poaching or illegal trade.
"WWF through its representatives in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America will be calling upon Yahoo Japan to institute an immediate voluntary ban on trading elephant ivory through its platforms. Japan is in urgent need of policy reform to eliminate unregulated ivory trade effectively from its domestic market and to live up to international expectations." said Margaret Kinnaird, WWF Wildlife Practice Leader. 

Download the full report here.


For more information, please contact:
Marsden Momanyi | WWF International | Email:; Mob: +254798484940
[1] The Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online is a collaboration between world's leading e-commerce and social media companies to render online platforms and apps inoperable for wildlife traffickers to trade in endangered and threatened species. The founding members: are Alibaba, Baidu, Baixing, eBay, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Huaxia Collection, Instagram, Kuaishou, Mall for Africa, Microsoft, Pinterest, Qyer, Ruby Lane, Shengshi Collection, Tencent, Wen Wan Tian Xia, Zhongyikupai, Zhuanzhuan and 58 Group, convened by TRAFFIC, WWF and IFAW. Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce company, has since joined the Coalition in August 2018.

Opinion | The dream of a new India trapped in old realities

News from India - 12. September 2018 - 19:27
The hunt for a house uncovers all manners of prejudice that lurk just beneath the surface all around us

Opinion | The lesson not learnt after the financial crisis

News from India - 12. September 2018 - 19:14
The latest punch to the rupee is yet another wake-up call to reassess sustainable growth dynamics

Opinion | China’s imperial growth delusion

News from India - 12. September 2018 - 19:14
Running the private sector dry has never helped Chinese emperors; this time won’t be any different

Opinion | The importance of trials in stem cell drugs

News from India - 12. September 2018 - 19:14
There are self-styled clinics in India offering a range of untested and unproven stem cell drugs

Opinion | Nepal’s snub shows up Indian coercive power

News from India - 12. September 2018 - 19:14
India needs to develop sharper instruments to coerce hostile leadership in the neighbourhood


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