Tag - forestry



LignoSat, the world's first wooden satellite, unveiled at Kyoto University in Kyoto on Tuesday
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2024
Kyoto University and Sumitomo Forestry unveil world's first wooden satellite
LignoSat is developed with the aim of combating space clutter and promoting more environmentally friendly space activity.
Japan Times
May 6, 2022
Russian wood ban puts further pressure on Japan's lumber industry
Lumber prices have already been high, and now limits on imports of Russian wood are restricting access to crucial items and adding to the inflationary trend.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2021
Japan plans launch of world's first wooden satellite in 2023
The object will create less of a burden on the environment than conventional satellites, and will be cheaper to make.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2021
Wood shortage and soaring prices threaten lumber industry in Japan
With demand rising in the United States and China, where the national economies are picking up, lumber prices have skyrocketed and Japanese firms are struggling to procure material.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 12, 2020
Escaping COVID-19: When you can’t see the virus for the trees
Individuals are replacing forestry companies and large corporations in efforts to buy plots of affordable forestland — but for a very different reason.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jan 10, 2020
Made in central Japan: Chubu bets on Tokyo Olympics to boost sales of local produce
With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics taking place this year, prefectures in the Chubu region are eager to make the sporting event an opportunity to promote their local produce.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2018
Problematic forestry management law
New policy stacks the deck in favor of big business.
Jan 3, 2018
Forestry industry has growing appeal for Japan's young women
The lure of nature and a slower pace of life are attracting a growing number of young women to Japan's traditionally male-dominated forestry business, and their participation may help it cope with an aging workforce and a shortage of manpower.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2017
Japan's farm output to take ¥150 billion hit after new Pacific trade deal's effects kick in: estimates
Japan's agricultural, forestry and fisheries output will suffer by up to ¥150 billion ($1.3 billion) once the effects of an 11-member Pacific Rim free trade agreement kick in, according to government estimates obtained by Kyodo News on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 13, 2017
Sumitomo Forestry plans luxury condo development in Bangkok with local developer
Sumitomo Forestry Co. is entering into housing development in Thailand through a joint project with a local developer, aiming to capitalize on growing demand for condominiums in Bangkok and to expand its overseas business.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2016
Emperor and Empress visit central Japan forest managed by British-born author C.W. Nicol
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday paid a visit to woodland restored by British-born writer and environmentalist C.W. Nicol in Nagano Prefecture.
May 1, 2016
Cracking down on illegal logging
Draft legislation to combat the import of illegally logged timber lacks the teeth needed to be effective.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 5, 2016
Some Japanese firms becoming more family-friendly with telecommuting and kids at work
In the face of a labor shortage and a push to get more women into the workforce, some Japanese companies are taking steps to accommodate the needs of working parents, such as allowing them to bring their children to the office or to work from home.
Japan Times
Aug 17, 2015
NPO backs global certification for Minamiaizu's sustainable forests
In the town of Minamiaizu in southwestern Fukushima Prefecture, local efforts are gathering steam to promote its rich forestry resources to the world by obtaining global certification for quality woodlands.
Oct 9, 2014
Prefectures subsidized to ship lumber to Tohoku disaster areas fell short: audit
Lumber sent from prefectures that received government subsidies to supply wood to areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011 only amounted to 0.04 percent of their total shipments in fiscal 2012 and 2013, according to a recent survey.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2014
Women armed with chain saws head to the hills under Abe's growth plan
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.
Japan Times
Feb 15, 2014
Culture and nature vie over ancient hinoki
If you're looking for a fine piece of wood, you'd be hard put to improve on a slab of hinoki (Hinoki cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa) from the Kiso Valley straddling Nagano and Gifu prefectures.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2013
Hybrid furniture and the working horse
Right from the outset when we started planning what is now our magnificent Afan Nature Centre that opened three years ago here in the Nagano Prefecture hills outside Kurohime, I insisted it should be built in wood — and that all the wood must be Japanese.


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