“Shin Yang is one of the most notorious exploiters of Sarawak’s tropical forests, and plywood from this company would fail to meet any sustainability criteria. Use of Shin Yang plywood would be a clear breach of Japan’s commitment to host a sustainable Olympics. ” said Peg Putt of Markets for Change.
“To use Shing Yang timber products is to deprive the vulnerable Indigenous Penan and Iban peoples of their customary rights, livelihoods, and cultural practices,” said Nicholas Mujah of Sarawak Dayak Iban Association.
An additional concern is that the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee has allowed a loophole in its wood products procurement policy that exempts formwork plywood used to mould concrete from environmental sustainability and human rights standards. The only policy that is applied is the extremely weak legality provisions of the Green Purchasing Law which has been repeatedly criticized for allowing wood at high risk of illegality to be imported into Japan as “legal wood”.
“The National Stadium is a building constructed by the National Government and should be a place of national pride, but given the weak social and environmental standards being applied to the Olympic construction and the preliminary evidence that wood from a rogue company is being used, we fear this could be a scandal for the Olympics and Japan.” said Junichi Mishiba of Friends of the Earth Japan. “This evidence demands an urgent investigation into how the Olympic organizers are procuring timber for the Olympics and immediate adoption of stronger measures to ensure the timber is legal, sustainable, and not associated with human rights abuses.”
The environment groups are seeking an explanation from Japanese Olympics authorities and an open investigation to be conducted by a credible third party environmental auditor. The groups urged that until the issue is resolved, no more tropical plywood should be utilised on site.
 See, for example, Global Witness, Two Worlds Collide, Dec. 2014, https://www.globalwitness.org/olympics/, and Global Witness, Japan’s links to rainforest destruction in Malaysia: Risks to a Sustainable 2020 Olympics, Dec. 2015, https://www.globalwitness.org/ru/reports/shinyang/
 Global Witness, Japan’s links to Rainforest Destruction in Malaysia
 SUHAKAM (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia), Report On Penan In Ulu Belaga: Right To Land And Socio- Economic Development, http://www.suhakam.org.my/wp- content/uploads/2014/01/PS08_Pem.Tanah_ecosoc090108.pdf
 Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Sustainable Sourcing Code for Timber, https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/sustainability/data/sus-wcode-timber-EN.pdf
 Mari Momii, Chatham House, Trade in Illegal Timber: The Response in Japan, Nov. 2014, https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/trade-illegal-timber-response-japan
Photographic evidence of Shin Yang plywood at the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium site. Each photo is available here: www.dropbox.com/sh/vueswuywbgrkwoh/AABj5F35SVM11iKLebwAiOcga?dl=0
(a) Construction site of the new Tokyo Olympic National Stadium. Red circle indicates Shin Yang marking.
(b) Zoomed in picture of (a) shows concrete formwork plywood produced in Sarawak, Malaysia, being used at the Olympic Stadium. Red circle indicates Shin Yang marking.
(c) Image of Shin Yang plywood available in public domain, taken from a source unaffiliated with the Tokyo Olympic stadium, shows more defined “SY e-panel” marking.
(d) Red arrow indicates the approximate location of plywood seen in (a) and (b).