Junko Otsuka quit her job in Tokyo and headed for the woods, swapping a computer for a bush cutter and her air-conditioned office for the side of a mountain.

She was part of a new wave of women taking forestry jobs, the result of economic, social and environmental policies sprouting in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Japan.

Otsuka, a 30-year-old graduate of the University of Tokyo, said she's fine with the 20 percent pay cut she took to become the first female logger at Tokyo Chainsaws, a lumber company.