Press ReleasesNippon Paper Group Reaches Agreement with the Fukushima Morino Chonai-kaiSupporting the Reconstruction of Disaster-Affected Areas through Forest Preservation with the Morino Chonai-kai

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.

Nippon Paper Lumber Co., Ltd. (President: Haruo Fujisawa; hereinafter, "Nippon Paper Lumber") of Nippon Paper Group announces that it has reached an agreement with the Fukushima Morino Chonai-kai: Paper Products that Contribute to Forest Thinning on July 8 between the Ishinomaki Regional Office of its Tohoku Office (Manager: Yoshinori Ono; Sendai, Miyagi) and Office Chonai-kai, an environmental NPO (Representative: Eiju Hangai; hereinafter, "Office Chonai-kai").

In Fukushima, forest management and forestry production activities are stagnant from the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which is creating the dangerous situation of a loss of beneficial functions, including the watershed cultivation functions and the prevention of disasters in mountainous areas. In response to this situation, Nippon Paper Lumber and Office Chonai-kai decided to launch the Fukushima Morino Chonai-kai, making use of the Morino Chonai-kai since 2005. Morino Chonai-kai is a system to promote the forest-thinning necessary for the preservation of the forest in accordance with the sales of paper and paper products.

Specifically, for the sales of the Fukushima Restoration Support Desktop Calendar commercialized by Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., same agreement was reached with Office Chonai-kai, where 150 yen per copy from the sales will be used for forest preservation activities in Fukushima. Nippon Paper Lumber will buy timber from the forest thinning operation to put it to effective use as making paper at our Ishinomaki Mill (Ishinomaki, Miyagi) and Iwanuma Mill (Iwanuma, Miyagi).

The Nippon Paper Group will promote the Fukushima Morino Chonai-kai activities to support Fukushima's reconstruction, in mutual cooperation with Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. and Office Chonai-kai.

The Group's initiatives for Morino Chonai-kai activities are the fourth project after the Kansai Morino Chonai-kai (December 2009), the Kanagawa Morino Chonai-kai (April 2010), and the Hokkaido Morino Chonai-kai (April 2012).