Thursday, April 27, 2017, 15:30 - 16:30
"Is Tokyo keeping its promise of a sustainable Olympics?"
Language: The speech and Q&A will be in English
Seven Japanese and overseas activist groups last week called for an independent investigation into the source of wood chosen for the construction of Tokyo's Olympic stadium, saying it came from forests in Borneo where illegal logging is widespread.
The groups, which include Rainforest Action Network and Friends of the Earth Japan, said the wood comes from Shin Yang, a Malaysian company that they claim has been implicated in human rights abuses and illegal logging.
Representatives of the groups will come to the club to discuss the issue and show their evidence. They will explain the implications of their discovery, including how it may represent a clear breach of the Tokyo Olympic commitment to sustainability. The groups also say that the issue is indicative of a much wider problem in Japan’s procurement of timber for the construction sector.
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Professional Activities Committee
Hana Heineken Yuki Sakamoto