September 15, 2011

Japanese customers see increased dependency on foreign limber imports as domestic industry neglected

“ Japan is a rainy country with a mild climate, suitable for growing trees. The nation has an accumulation of forest trees exceeding 4 billion cubic meters in terms of tree trunks, and the figure is increasing by 80 million cubic meters a year. ...the self-sufficiency rate for lumber is as low as 24 percent. ...Growing dependence on foreign imports crushed demand for Japanese lumber, leaving the domestic forests neglected.”

Source: EDITORIAL: Revitalizing Japan's forest industry
--The Asahi Shimbun, June 27

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