Japanese Wood Trade

The reasons for the development of Japan’s dependence on foreign forest resources are explained. Rapidly rising prices following World War I and during the 1950’s led to the promotion of imports. Foreign competition and high domestic costs caused Japan’s domestic production to stagnate during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Unless prices rise substantially, Japan’s forests will remain uneconomic to harvest. Therefore, Japan’s foreign dependence on forest products is not likely to change.