About Forestry & Paper

Forestry

Forestry is the economic sector related to the management and use of forest resources. Forestry production is essentially divided into wood resources and non-wood resources. The main uses of wood resources concern building, furniture making and paper production, while the non-wood resources subsector is principally associated with the cultivation of mushrooms and other edible products, as well as energy production, either through charcoal, or via the use of forest residues as biomass.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, FY2012 Annual Survey of Corporate Behaviour, 2013

The value of the whole forestry production sector was ¥391.7 billion in 2012, a 6% decrease from the previous year. The sector is mainly composed of two products: wood and mushrooms. In terms of the value of gross forestry production, wood production and mushroom production each account for half of the total.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, FY2012 Annual Survey of Corporate Behaviour, 2013

For more information on the Japanese forestry sector please click here.

Paper & Packaging

According to the Japan Paper Association, the total value of the pulp and paper industry in 2011 was ¥6.8 trillion and in 2013, domestic paper and paperboard consumption in Japan amounted to over over 27 million metric tons, or 212kg per person. However, the production of paper and paperboard in Japan has decreased significantly since 2008 onwards.

Japan Paper Association, Pulp and Paper Industry in the Manufacturing Sector
Japan Paper Association, Evolution on Pulpwood Receipts, 2013

For more information on the Japanese paper & packaging sectors please click here.

Latest update: January 2015

 

Picture: Japanese forest in Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Picture copyright: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation