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Edo-period forestry company faces a 21st-century problem

How a centuries-old Japanese industry is adapting to climate change

A carpenter uses a buzz saw at centuries-old forestry company Yamacho's Tanabe complex, where the machinery hasn't changed much in decades. Finishing touches, or hard-to-machine-cut jobs, are completed by hand. (Photo by Thomas Shomaker)

WAKAYAMA, Japan -- I am quite sure Takashi Sakohira noticed my apprehension as we drove along the winding, narrow mountain pass and I struggled to take my eyes off the near-vertical drop a few meters away.

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