Trade in sea turtle products is banned, but they’re still sold in Japan
Nature News

Trade in sea turtle products is banned, but they’re still sold in Japan

It all began long ago with a pair of eyeglasses. Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ruled Japan in the early 1600s, acquired a new pair for himself with frames delicately crafted from the carapace of a hawksbill sea turtle. Soon everyone wanted tortoiseshell—bekko, with its pleasing hues of browns, oranges, and whites—and Japanese artisans were fashioning everything…