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Japan’s Weaker Timber Rules Entangled in Trade Deal With EU

Oct. 16, 2018, 1:29 PM

Japan must constrain the import of wood products derived from illegally harvested timber or potentially risk jeopardizing a trade deal with the European Union.

EU officials are concerned that the Clean Wood Act that Japan adopted last year sets only voluntary measures to limit imports of illegal wood, and even those provisions apply only to companies that register with the government.

“It’s not uncommon that the Japanese government issues guidelines providing details on steps to be taken for conducting due diligence for environmental laws,” Osamu Inoue, an environmental law partner at Ushijima & Partners in Tokyo, told Bloomberg...

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