Wood if you could

Saitama prefecture contains a good portion of Tokyo bedroom communities, but it also has a lot of forests, and recently the prefectural government announced a plan to increase the amount of locally produced lumber that is used for new houses. Starting in June, the prefecture will accept applications for subsidies from residents who plan to build or buy new houses. The prefecture will pay up to one percent of the interest on housing loans for up to five years if the house being bought or built contains lumber grown and milled in Saitama.

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