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Yahoo Japan, the country’s biggest online auction site, is rebuffing calls to end online ivory trading despite Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer’s misgivings over facilitating a business blamed for the illegal slaughter of African elephants.

Yahoo Japan doesn’t accept that ivory sold on its platform — supposedly imported into Japan before a 1989 ban on international shipments — is a factor behind the sharp rise in poaching on the African savannah in recent years.

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