Captive animal regulation in Japan is complex. External and operational management is overseen by a number of different Acts and management of animal health and welfare is devolved out to the prefectural governments.
We are working with the Japanese Zoo and Aquarium Association (JAZA) to identify training opportunities and address specific welfare concerns and practices. Our work in Japan also covers the issue of Japan’s bear parks, where we are providing welfare guidance and support to improve conditions at these parks.
Through our work we also hope to develop wild animal welfare capacity within Japan’s growing number of welfare NGOs. We are also addressing the need for stronger national and regional standards and monitoring of welfare, by working with local prefecture governments and zoos, and challenging long held preconceptions about animal management and care.