Clean Wood Act (Japan)

In May 2017, the Government started implementing the Clean Wood Act. The Act is to provide assurance that the wood available in Japan is of legal origin. It recognises legality based on the policies of the Government of the country that is the source of the wood, rather than on a standard set by the Japanese Government. The Act requires registered operators to maintain verification documentation for five years. However, compliance is voluntary except for Government-funded construction projects.

Japan created the Clean Wood NAVI website to provide information on timber producing countries, including their laws and regulation to support the wood-related enterprises. These countries include Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia (3 regions), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Russia, the EU and the United States.

For up-to-date information on the Clean Wood Act, visit: http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/j/riyou/goho/english/english-index.html

Related link: http://www.euflegt.efi.int/es/publications/a-comparison-of-the-japanese-clean-wood-act-and-the-eu-timber-regulation