National members

Our national members are independent, national organizations that develop and run the national forest certification system in their country. 


The Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council was first endorsed in 2016 and subsequently maintained its endorsement in January 2022.

2021 system documentation

Japanese sustainable forest management standard 6.87 MB
Japanese assessment report 2.20 MB
Japanese full system documentation 3.95 MB

2021 system assessment

  • Status: Assessment finished, system endorsement maintained
  • Type: Assessment of revised system
  • Assessor: Article Three (formerly ITS Global)  
  • System submitted for assessment: 30 April 2021
  • Consultation: 17 May - 16 July 2021

Watch the recording of the webinar to find out more about this national system.

Endorsement milestones

To maintain its PEFC endorsement, the system must meet specific endorsement milestones. The first milestone is the start of the periodic review within five years of the national approval of the sustainable forest management standard.

  • National approval date: 30 March 2021
  • Review date: 29 March 2026

System history

  • Endorsement maintained: 31 January 2022
  • Endorsed: 3 June 2016
  • Joined PEFC: 29 July 2014


History before PEFC

  • 2002: Proposal of a forest certification scheme suitable for forests in Japan by the Committee for the Establishment of SGEC Forest Certification.
  • 2003: The "SGEC Forest Certification Scheme" was established.
  • 2011: Reform of SGEC including i) Registration as a corporate body, ii) Revision of standards, iii) Adoption of third party certification was implemented.
  • 2014: SGEC became a member of PEFC.
  • 2016: SGEC was endorsed by PEFC.

What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance? 

  • Reliability of the consumers to SGEC will increase by participating in the PEFC member countries.
  • Broader expansion of the CoC certification network by connecting SGEC’s and PEFC’s CoC
  • The PEFC label is beneficial to the exporters of domestic timber with the label of PEFC.
  • Integration of experience and information between SGEC and PEFC will be valuable.


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The Team

Mr. Tatsuya Kajiya
National Secretary / Executive Director

Mr. Motoji Takeda
Chief, General Affairs Division

Mr. Seiichi Mishima
Chief, Planning & Coordination Division

Mr. Takashi Sato
Certification Manager

Ms. Makiko Horio
Head of Marketing & Promotion, Japan

Ms. Kagako Chan
Manager, International Relations

Mr. Shigeru Takahara
Senior Officer

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