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Cablegate: Japan's Response to U.S. Cites Proposals

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SUBJECT: JAPAN'S RESPONSE TO U.S. CITES PROPOSALS

REF: STATE 6668

1. Econoff delivered points on terrestrial proposals
contained in ref to Ministry of Environment Nature
Conservation Bureau Senior Assistant Director Keiji Nakashima
February 2 and points on marine proposals to Fisheries Agency
of Japan Ecosystems Conservation Office Assistant Director
Hideki Moronuki February 9.

2. Nakashima said that since Japan is not a range state for
polar bear, bobcat, or lynx, Japan is likely to go along with
the consensus among range states. He had the following to
say about individual proposals:

-- Polar bears: while senior officials in the MOE have not
yet cleared on an official GOJ position, working level
officials believe listing polar bears may be premature and
believe threats to polar bears are from climate change, not
trade.

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--Bobcat: the U.S. fur identification manual is well done,
but it is still unknown how effective the manual will be in
preventing look-alike trade in lynx. Japan is waiting to
hear conclusions of expert level consultations within the EU
on the subject, and would likely go along with the EU
consensus.

--Snake trade workshop: the MOE working level does not think
trade in snakes is an issue, but they are still evaluating
the proposal.

3. Regarding the U.S. proposals on sharks and coral,
Moronuki gave the standard GOJ response that fisheries
resources should be managed by RFMOs and the FAO, and CITES
is not the appropriate body to manage sustainable use of
marine resources. He provided a copy of Japan's comments on
proposals to amend appendices I and II, which the GOJ has
submitted to the CITES Secretariat. Moronuki commented that
the CITES proposals appear to have stimulated RFMOs to
consider better management of sharks, which the bodies have
neglected to do thus far.
ROOS

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