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Japan a weak link in international ivory trade ban

Domestically available items are smuggled to China, where demand is strong

Officers at a police station in Gifu Prefecture on May 21 examine an elephant tusk that was confiscated after being traded illegally via a flea market app.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan is under mounting criticism that its domestic market for ivory products is creating a weak link in the international ban. Many ivory smugglers purchase products in Japan, where domestic trade is legal, and smuggle them to China, where demand is high.  

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