ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION POLICY

Akagi Helicopter Co., Ltd participates in the following projects

Cargo Transportation in Oze

Oze National Park is one of the largest high-altitude marshlands in Japan, which is located approximately 150 km north of Tokyo. Famous for its rich nature, Oze National Park is a popular hiking destination. There is a 65-kilometer long wooden plank pathway, made of Japanese larch tree which has good characteristics of durability and rot resistance.
Even though maintenance works are being done systematically, since no preservatives are being used, it is necessary to replace wooden planks at least once in ten years. Required materials are transported by helicopter, but because large construction vehicles cannot be brought in, most of the work is being done manually.

Cargo Transportation in Oze

Because thousands of people who visit Oze National Park use its public lavatories and mountain lodges, the problem of rivers’ water pollution arose.
Therefore, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings which manages 7 locations of public lavatories, and Tokyo Power Technology Ltd. which manages mountain lodges, installed septic tanks that purify water to established quality standards before discharging.
These septic tanks are being transported by helicopter.

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Cargo transportation on Ogasawara Islands (also known as Bonin Islands)

When people settled down on the Ogasawara Islands in 1830, animals and plants that did not originally inhabit the islands (invasive species) were brought in.
To protect the unique ecosystem of Ogasawara, the protection of endemic species is being done along with the eradication of invasive species with a significant impact like feral goats and cats, rodents, reptiles, insects,invasive exotics, etc.
Akagi Helicopter participates in the protection of the original ecosystem of Ogasawara, carrying blocking fences designed for invasive species insulation to remote islands by helicopter.

Ogasawara Islands
Ogasawara Islands

Timber removal

Construction of special work roads needed for the transportation of felled timber in mountains requires a cut down of the forest slopes which, depending on the terrain, may cause ground collapses.
With the usage of the helicopter for timber removal, it becomes possible to cover the entire area without the construction of required 7 work roads. Thus, this helps to reduce environmental impact as well.
However, accurate operations with suspension cables require strong knowledge and professional use of complicated techniques. Akagi Helicopter Co., Ltd has many years of experience in this field, so we receive trust and admiration from our clients.

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Why do we need to use wood?

Forests play the essential role in our lives. Besides carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption, forests also enrich ground waters, prevent land sliding, provide us with wood, mushrooms and wild plants, gives us places to take care of our health or just to rest. To grow healthy forests, it is very important to use wood wisely.

Forests cover 67% of Japan, which makes it one of the world’s most tree-covered country.
Among them, about 60% are artificial forests planted by man.

In such artificial forests, it is important to do thinning from time to time. Otherwise, the sunlight would not be able to get in between the trees, which would impact the undergrowth growth, and this might lead to soil erosion and landslides.

Therefore, to keep forests healthy, it is significant to repeat cycles of planting, growing, thinning, and cut clearing.
And that is the answer to our question: we need to use wood from forests to keep our environment healthy and its resources in balance.

The Public Relations Office of the Government of Japan
The Public Relations Office of the Government of Japan

Quote from “The Public Relations Office of the Government of Japan”