Japan’s trade in rare species

Japan is a major importer of rare plants and animals whose international trade is restricted under a convention on endangered species, according to a new report.

The report, prepared by Traffic East Asia-Japan, a group that monitors wildlife trade, was released last week in conjunction with the COP10 international conference on biological diversity being held in Nagoya.Titled "State of Wildlife Trade in Japan," the report says Japan was the world’s No. 2 importer of living tortoises and birds, and No. 3 in importing orchids in 2007.

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