Tokyo Olympics organisers deny using illegally sourced timber

Tropical plywood from Korindo - an Indonesian company accused of illegal logging and human rights abuses, as well as using fire to clear land - is said to have been used to build Ariake Arena.
Tropical plywood from Korindo - an Indonesian company accused of illegal logging and human rights abuses, as well as using fire to clear land - is said to have been used to build Ariake Arena.PHOTO: JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI

The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have vehemently denied an accusation by an environmental group that several of the new Games venues are being built with wood purportedly obtained through illegal logging.

The US-based Rainforest Action Network (RAN) said on Monday the use of wood from Malaysia and Indonesia to build the venues "flies in the face" of Tokyo's commitment to realise the United Nations' sustainable development goals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2018, with the headline 'Tokyo Olympics organisers deny using illegally sourced timber'. Print Edition | Subscribe