An official of the Sammu city government in Chiba Prefecture. Although the forest area in Japan hardly changed, the amount of greenhouse gases absorbed by forests fell by as much as 20% in the six years through to fiscal 2020, primarily due to an increase in the proportion of old trees, which photosynthesize less than younger ones, as the country’s forestry industry declines.© Yomiuri Shimbun
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Since there’s been no thinning, their growth stopped while their trunks were still narrow. It is time for trees to be cut down. But they are left uncared for due to low demand for domestic timber and a shortage of forestry workers.
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