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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

July 2021

THE JAPANESE AND THE FORESTS

INDEX

  • THEME FOR JulyTHE JAPANESE AND THE FORESTS

    According to the Government of Japan's Forestry Agency, approximately two thirds of Japan’s land is covered in forest. What are the characteristics of Japan’s forests? What are their functions? And how do Japanese people utilize this most abundant of natural resources? In this month’s Highlighting Japan, we introduce some examples of the mutual relationship between the Japanese and the forests.

     

FEATURES

  • Japan’s Diverse Forests

    An interview with Nakashizuka (Asano) Tohru, President of the Forest Research and Management Organization

  • Shirakami-Sanchi—A Beech Forest “Natural Museum”

    Shirakami-Sanchi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a mountainous area where a beautiful virgin beech forest and a diverse array of flora and fauna coexist.

  • The Forest in the Sacred Precincts of Kasugataisha Shrine

    The Kasugayama Primeval Forest in Nara City, Nara Prefecture is a primeval forestial ecosystem that has been sustained by people for more than 1,000 years.

  • A Town Handing Down Forest Resources to the Future

    In heavily forested Yusuhara Town, Kochi Prefecture, the local government and local residents are working together to achieve a sound material-cycle society.

  • Biomass Power Generation from Wood Waste

    In the Okayama Prefecture city of Maniwa, wood from forest thinning and woody waste are being used as fuel to generate biomass power.

  • Building a “Forest” in the Middle of the City

    A building in the downtown Tenjin area of Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, is continuing its gradual transformation into a forest.

  • Wooden Straws from Thinned Wood

    A Japanese home builder has developed wooden straws with excellent functionality and safety performance.

  • Smart Forestry

    Japan is promoting “smart forestry” that can facilitate safer and more efficient timber production through advanced technology.

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