A tale of two forests: reforestation as discourse in Japan and beyond

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Abstract

The Asia-Pacific wood trade has led to deforestation in tropical Southeast Asia and over-forestation in upland Japan. But these interrelated environmental crises are obscured by the discourse of reforestation, which characterizes the Japanese situation as one of environmental restoration and tropical deforestation as reversible. Applying Ingold's distinction between 'local' and 'global' environments to forests, this article examines the effects of national policy on 'local' forests in upland Japan, effects for which, through reforestation discourse, the state largely absolves itself of responsibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-730
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (MAN)
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 1997

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