Japanese forestry has in recent years experienced a significant impact by the transformation of post-war Japanese energy policy. Once as the woodlands, the forest near the countryside has served as areas of firewood sources and in accordance with the trends of economy, it has been converted to artificial forests of ceder/cypress or utilized for example as the mandarin orange orchard.
In the 21st century, by using new technology, and in particular by using a distributed biomass power generation technology, it is currently attempted to revive the role of Japanese countryside, as a energy supply zone, just like it used to be.
New employment is expected to be born and in a global perspective, by re-defining the Japanese countryside, a new value chain is expected to be built.
(Kitsuki-shi, Oita Prefecture, 2016)