February 15, 2021
The secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) decided to list six gecko species of the genus Goniurosaurus and one newt species of the genus Echinotriton, which are endemic to the Amami and Okinawa Islands of Japan, in CITES Appendix III. In response, if any person or business intends to internationally trade any individuals of these seven species, Japan is to confirm the country of origin of these individuals subject to trade for the purpose of preventing inducement of illegal capture of such individuals in Japan and illegal exports of such individuals from Japan.
Under the CITES, a member country is eligible to submit a request for listing in CITES Appendix III certain species for which the country needs other member countries’ cooperation in protecting the species in the country.
Concerning these seven species endemic to the Amami and Okinawa Islands, Japan has already been controlling capture, domestic trading and exports from Japan of these species under the Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. However, no regulations were stipulated over international trading thereof in third countries. Against this backdrop, in response to the request submitted by the government of Japan, the CITES secretariat listed the seven species in CITES Appendix III on February 14, 2021, and, accordingly, international trading of the species is to be controlled.
In line with the listing of the seven species in CITES Appendix III, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) revised the related forms for import and export control under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and then promulgated the forms on January 28, 2021, and put them into force on February 14, 2021. METI will continue to strive to appropriately control imports and exports of these species under the CITES and the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and to accord with international cooperation in protecting endangered species of wild fauna and flora.
- Appendix 1: Overview of the species listed in CITES Appendix III in response to the proposal by Japan (in Japanese) (PDF:420KB)
- Appendix 2: Details of control under CITES Appendix III (in Japanese) (PDF:115KB)
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Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau