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The Clean Wood Act

On May 20, 2016, a legislator-sponsored bill passed the Diet and became the Act on Promotion of Use and Distribution of Legally-Harvested Wood and Wood Products ( “the Clean Wood Act”). (Link to a third-party website). It went into effect on May 20, 2017. Prior to the enactment of the Clean Wood Act, legality check was required under the Act on Promoting Green Purchasing applicable only to wood and wood products procured by the government. The Clean Wood Act requires the concerned business entities to endeavor to check legality on all wood and wood products defined by the Act, regardless of where they are to be supplied to the government or distributed in the private sector.

In compliance with the Clean Wood Act, business operators must endeavor to check the legality of the wood and wood products they handle, be they for public or private demand (best effort provisions). The checking should be carried out as due diligence (DD)*1 in the same manner as is required under the EU wood regulations. Business operators that carry out the legality check pursuant to the Act may register themselves at a government-recognized registration organization (optional). The state, when deemed necessary for proper implementation of the Act, may give guidance, advice or demand reports and conduct on-site inspections.

In response to the enactment of the Clean Wood Act, JPA developed the JPA’s Due Diligence System Manual for Legality Verification that helps the member companies to conduct DD on all timber raw materials beginning FY2018. The Manual is designed to assist the construction of an original DD system for a paper mill to address not only the Clean Wood Act but also the EU DD regulations, the US Lacey Act and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act.

On October 27, 2017, five organizations were announced publicly as the registration implementation organizations for the Clean Wood Act (Link to a third-party website).

Through the Forest Economic Research Institute which is a referral agency, JPA filed a registration application on behalf of the member companies and their affiliated companies with the Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association (JIA). As of April 26, 2019, the number of JPA member companies and their affiliated companies registered there stand at 30.

The JPA services of registration under the Clean Wood Act and the DDS system for legality verification will be continued and improved to enhance objectivity and credibility in the framework of the Monitoring Service against Illegal Logging.

*1 Due diligence (“DD”) refers to the due care and effort that a person ought to take and make before taking an action, which is used in determining whether or not the person should be held legally liable or not for the outcome of the action.

List of JPA’s member companies that register with Clean Wood Act
Applicant Type of wood -
related business *2
Registration number
OCM Fiber Trading Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17006
Oji Forest & Products Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17007
Oji Green Resources Co.,Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17008
Oji Paper Co.,Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17009
Oji Materia Co.,Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17010
Oji F-Tex Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17011
Oji Imaging Media Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17012
Oji Nepia Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17013
Oji Kinocloth Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17014
Oji Green Energy Ebetsu Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17015
Oji Green Energy Nichinan Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17016
Osaka Paper Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17017
Daio Paper Corporation Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17018
Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17019
Chuetsu Pulp Forest Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17020
Chuetsu Forest & Material Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17021
Tokushu Tokai Paper Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17022
Shin Tokai Paper Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17023
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17024
Nippon Paper Crecia Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ19002
Nippon Paper Papylia Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ19001
Hyogo Pulp Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17025
Hokuetsu Corporation Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17026
Hokuetsu Toyo Fibre Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17027
Marusan Paper MFG Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17028
Marusumi Paper Co., Ltd. Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅱ17029
Mitsubishi Paper Mills Limited Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17030
LINTEC Corporation Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ18013
Rengo Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17031
Rengo Paper Business Co., Ltd. Type Ⅰ,Type Ⅱ JIA-CLW-Ⅰ,Ⅱ17032

*2 Wood - related business is devided into Type Ⅰ and Type Ⅱ.
Definition of each type is as follows :

(1)Type I Wood-related Business
The business listed in the following (a) through(d):
  • (a)Business of processing, exporting or selling (excluding sale to consumers; hereinafter the same applies) logs conducted by a person to whom logs produced from trees are transferred from the owners of the trees (including business of entrusting such processing, exporting or selling to a third party);
  • (b)Business of processing or exporting logs conducted by the owners of trees from which the logs are produced (including business of entrusting such processing or exporting to a third party);
  • (c)Business of selling logs at markets opened for wood trading conducted by a person to whom logs are consigned for sale by the owners of trees from which the logs are produced (including a person to whom such logs are reconsigned for sale by the consignee); and
  • (d)Business of importing the Wood and Wood Products.
(2)Type II Wood-related Business
The business conducted by the Wood-related Business Entities excluding Type I Wood-related Business.

For more information about JPA’s member companies that register with Clean Wood Act
Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association (Japanese)