(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
In June, Hideo Nakatake, chairman of Miyazaki Prefecture's forestry association, met with a Chinese public corporation official in Xiamen, Fujian Province, in China to discuss timber exports.
Nakatake, 65, said his ambition was to export 1 million cubic meters of Japanese cedar a year to Xiamen-based Timber General Co.
"We intend to use part of the profits to prevent the spread of desertification in China," said Nakatake, who cosigned a memorandum with Yang Fu Cheng, Xiamen Timber's deputy general manager, that day.
Miyazaki Prefecture is the largest producer of Japanese cedar, producing more than …