<For A New Era of Wood>
In addition to producing wood
fibers, forests possess many functions that would benefit human society.
Notably, forests absorb and accumulate carbon dioxide as they grow, which
is an important function in mitigation of global warning.
In order to create and maintain
healthy forests to maximize their benefits, it is important to establish
a reinvestment cycle on forest by actively promoting wood product uses.
The forest industry, in fact, is responsible for the wood product uses
by processing wood materials and supplying them to a market.
We, as members of the wood industry,
believe that wood products will come again under the spotlight, as they
are risk free and environmentally friendly materials to be indispensable
for our lives. We will endeavor to help the wood industry become a growing
one, moving towards the future.
Japan Federation of Wood Industry
Associations will promote the use of wood products, contribute to the
development of forest industries, and support a recycling-oriented society
based on an efficient use of forest resources.
<Overview of the Association>
Japan Federation of Wood Industry Associations (JFWIA)
JFWIA is a single, nation-wide, legal entity
composed of sawmill-owners and lumber-dealers. Its purposes are to support
its members to enhance their knowledge and proficiency, to encourage
the sound development of the forest industry as a whole, and whereby
to contribute the development of national socio-economy in Japan.
Members of JFWIA are those associations organized
by sawmill-owners and lumber-dealers. They are to accept the objectives
that JFWIA presents.
Currently, the membership includes 47 wood industry associations localized
in each prefecture boundary and 17 national associations organized separately
by the type of wood related businesses.
6F, Nagatacho Bldg, 2-4-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3580-3215 Fax: +81-3-3580-3226
Website URL: http://www.zenmoku.jp/
<Scope of Businesses>
- Collecting views and requests from the members,
gathering relevant information, and facilitating to exchange and mitigate
- Offering proposals, making petitions and submitting
recommendations to the Government;
- Performing research studies;
- Planning and delivering lecture and training programs;
- Implementing certification activities based on Japanese
Agricultural Standard (JAS) certification system;
- Publicizing and familiarizing the promotion of wood
<History of JFWIA>
1928 Japan Wood Dealers Association was established.
1939 Wood Control Company was established to control wood prices.
1946 Federation of Wood Demand and Supply was established.
1947 Japan Federation of Wood Industry Associations was established.
(dissolved in 1949)
1950 Japan Wood Association was established.
1954 Japan Federation of Wood Industry Associations (JFWIA) was established.
1955 JFWIA was registered as a corporated juridical parson.
1968 JFWIA was approved as a Registered Grading Organization by the
Law of JAS certification system.
2001 As the Law was revised, JFWIA was authorized as a Registered Grading
Organization for lumber and a Registered Certification Organization
for wood industry.
<Public Benefit Activities>
Promoting Wood Industries
In order to cope with slump-ridden wood industry, JFWIA has instituted
the Head Office for Restructuring Wood Industry. It is to give guidance,
instruction and information to its members. Also, it is to make petitions
and submit recommendations to the Governments.
In addition, JFWIA has annually held the Assembly for Wood Industry
Promotion in gathering those people who are related to the wood industry.
The assembly is to encourage people to exchange information and to make
a united effort to face the situation.
Activities to Enhance Wood Product Use
In order to encourage the general public to use wood products so as
to increase the wood product market, JFWIA has curried out such undertakings
as: propagating by mass-medias, issuing posters and brochures, and holding
wood festivals to advertise wood products.
Lectures and workshops
For members, JFWIA offers lectures and workshops on: wood product standard,
wood drying technique, protection measures for occupational accidents,
and so on.
Information Available through Bulletin and the Internet
For members, on 25th of every month, JFWIA has published a monthly bulletin
called “Zenmokuren Jihou.” For the general public, JFWIA has built a
website at http://www.zenmoku.jp/
offering most information concerning JFWIA and wood industries.
JFWIA sponsored research studies include measuring dioxins at sawmill
incinerators and formaldehyde emitted from solid wood. Also, JFWIA conducts
researches and publishes various reports and manuals on wood processing
technology and wood product users.
Contract with Governments
JFWIA has contracted various projects with the Government agencies.
Approved Organization for Japan Agricultural Standards
JFWIA has been approved as a Registered Grading Organization for lumber
and a Registered Certification Organization for wood industry based
on the Law for JAS.
Certification Body of Packing Materials for EU
JFWIA has been recognized by the EU Head Office as a certification body
for wood packing materials to export for EU countries, with respect
to disinfecting processes.
Designated Testing Body for Certification of Wooden
JFWIA has been a designated testing body for certification of Wooden
Building Materials (AQ) conducted by Japan
Housing and Wood Technology Center (HOWTEC).
<Our Activities against Illegal Logging>
Activities against Illegal Logging
Goho(=legal)-wood navigation website,provided by the council for Tacking Illegal Logging Issue.