Industry backs furniture export crackdown in Japan: report
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing a domestic crackdown on Japanese furniture exports, in retaliation for a growing number of cases of woodworking deaths.
Key points: Japanese PM calls for an increase in the death toll
Tens of thousands of woodworkers killed in industrial accidents over the past decade
The PM told Cabinet on Monday there must be a “comprehensive” action plan to tackle woodworkers’ deaths, after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said there were tens of thousands of woodworkers, with more than 100,000 people at risk of death, due to woodworking related accidents in Japan, including 우리카지노accidents caused by over-exposure to mercury and pesticides.
Japan’s cabinet approved a bill to enact a national emergency measure to ensure safety and reduce exposure to industrial toxins and “to encourage the export of furniture in the country”.
It is expected to become law before the summer break.
The legislation is backed by the ministry of economic, industrial and construction and was strongly supported by the country’s furniture industry.
It is understood at least 70 per cent of the furniture sold in Japan comes from the US.
Woodcrafts giant Uji Corporation owns Woodcrafts International, a leading Japanese company which manufactures a line of custom furniture sold in Japan under the name of “Uji’s World”.
“We do not sell woodworking products that are produced with excessive amount of mercury in the manufacturing of a typical piece of furniture,” the company said in a statement.
“And we do not sell furniture without any additional safety measures when woodworking activities.
“We have taken many steps so that we are aware of these risks of the woodworking industries and are working together to safeguard the jobs, livelihoods, social and economic development in Japan.”
The wood-handling industry generates about $800 million to $1.3 billion a year in sales in Japan, according to the IBUF, and employs about 700,000 people.
“It is a major industry, with around 900,000 employees,” the government said.
“It is a big target as the death toll has increased steadily for several years.
“In addition, we have implemented a number of actions such as increasing the use of proper safety equipment in the manufacturing of furniture.”
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