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MAFF Seeks More Internationalized JAS Standards

Hidehiko Fumoto

By Hidehiko Fumoto

Deputy Director and Manager Technical Services, Canada Wood Japan

February 15, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is planning on submitting a JAS law amendment bill to the regular National Diet session currently taking place.  The JAS law, stipulating how the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) should be operated, has been facing several challenges.  Among those are decreasing JAS-Certified Business Entities, slow growth of JAS product exports or less credibility of JAS-graded commodities than expected.  MAFF hopes that the solution for these challenges would be to make the JAS standards more internationally recognized.  This internationalization includes expanding the scope of the standards such as standardizing manufacture methods, operational methodologies or measurement/analytical methods as opposed to the conventional scopes limited to material standards.  It is hoped that this law amendment may result in realizing our long-time wish; establishment of pressure treatment JAS standard for sawn lumber.  If pressure treating methods can be standardized in the JAS system, it may become possible to JAS-certify pressure treated Canadian lumber graded to NLGA rule or the JPS-1 Canada Tsuga grading rule.