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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Environmental Movements in Asia
Article/Chapter Title:The Forest Grant Movement in Japan
Editor(s):Kalland, Arne; Persoon, Gerard
Author(s):Knight, John
Publisher Name:Curzon Press
Place of Publication:Surrey
Date of Publication:1998
Issue:no. 4
Annotation:As an extension of the historical upstream/downstream politics in Japan, the rural Forest Grant Establishment Promotion League seeks monetary recognition from the Japanese government for its role in forest protection. To Knight, the grant is not a subsidy, but rather proper compensation for the village’s care of the forest. After describing key features in this movement that include ecological issues like soil stabilization, water catchment, and carbon fixing, Knight critiques its status as a true environmental movement by questioning if its primary goal is the social welfare of the people or the well-being of the natural environment.
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