Press release from the Wilderness Society:
MEDIA RELEASE 12 December 2008
NEW JAPANESE PAPER SCANDAL: First it was misleading about recycled content, now old growth forest destruction claims are under scrutiny
Oji Paper has started building a pulp and paper project in Nantong, in China’s Jiangsu Province, reports China Knowledge. Oji Paper has set up a joint venture with Nantong Economic & Technological Development Zone Corp. Oji Paper hold 90% in the joint venture company which is called Jiangsu Oji Paper Co. Ltd.
Snapshots of ADB disasters is a new publication from NGO Forum on ADB showing the impacts of some of the Asian Development Bank’s projects. In Laos, the impacts of the ADB’s projects are particularly severe. Four of the projects are in Laos: the East-West Corridor Project, the Nam Theun 2 and Theun Hinboun dams and the ADB’s two projects supporting industrial tree plantations.
Oji Paper, one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, is moving into the Mekong Region. Oji Paper has established large-scale industrial tree plantation projects in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Here and elsewhere in the world the results are deforestation and destroyed livelihoods as the company replaces villagers’ forest and common land with its monocultures.
In 1992, The Economist declared Japan’s pulp and paper industry dead. During the economic boom in the 1980s, the pulp and paper industry had expanded rapidly. Massive new paper capacity came on stream just as the economy collapsed in the early 1990s. Oji Paper attempted to buy its way out of crisis, buying Kanzaki Paper and then Honshu Paper.