Japan: Industry claims job growth? Training record number of poor people for poor-paying logging jobs

“Due to depopulation, there are many mountain forests that have become desolated because they haven’t been properly thinned,” an official at one group said. “We would like people to return to the countryside.” The National Federation of Forest Owners’ Co-operative Associations, or Zen Mori, held a meeting in Tokyo on Jan. 23 and 24 that attracted 5,300 potential job applicants, up 1,000 from last year.

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But the Forestry Agency said it is difficult earning a good living in
logging because of sagging lumber prices. According to a 2006 study by
the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, a household engaged
in the forestry industry took in an average of just ¥480,000 in that
field, meaning many had to earn outside income.

According to a 2006 study by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, a household engaged in the forestry industry took in an average of just ¥480,000 in that field, meaning many had to earn outside income. In 2005, there were 50,000 foresters nationwide, down 18 percent from 40 years ago, and those aged 65 or older accounted for 26 percent of the total,
compared with only 9 percent in all industries.

“Because of hard labor, people cannot work for very long unless they love nature and are mentally tough,” a forestry official said. It requires at least three years for people to learn the basics of the industry, including handling a chain saw. “Of about 70 trainees who joined us in 2008, eight have already quit due to poor physical condition and other reasons,” an official at the Nagano Prefecture Forestry Labor Foundation said. However, the situation surrounding the industry has some bright spots. Forest resources are abundant. Trees planted in the early postwar years are now ready to be logged. With global demand for lumber growing, the price of timber is expected to rise.

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Comments (2)

DICKMarch 23rd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

OK FOLKS——DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE AND NEVER, NEVER, HARVEST A TREE? DO YOU REALLY LIKE BEING A STOCKHOLDER IN THE OWNERSHIP OF LANDS AND STILL HAVE NO SAY IN THE OUTPUT OR MANAGEMENT? DO YOU REALLY LIKE STARVING TO DEATH WITH A FULL REFRIGERATOR? OF ALL THE NATURAL RESOURCES THAT ARE USED IN THE WORLD, (TREES-FORESTS) THIS IS THE RENEWABLE ONE AND YOU ARE HELD HOSTAGE BY A THE FEW, THE FEARFUL AND THE NON-PRODUCERS OF ANYTHING.
GOD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL——-AX MAN

Nina TaylorMay 11th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! SAVE NATURE! Try a more invierment freindly way. YOU FIX IT IT”S YOUR PROBLEM! Dick is right DO NOT BE A STOCK HOLDER! God created this world and choppin down trees an’t gonna help. STRAVE YOUR PEOPLE?! WHATS THE MATTER WITH YOU MORRONS?! USE AN AX I MEAN REALLY! MY GRANDMOTHER CUT DOWN TREES NONSTOP LIKE A MICHEAN! Like I said use invierment friendly tools! God help us all!

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