Lots of Japanese houses are using old railway ties (makuragi) in landscaping and gardens. Mrs. Adjunct wanted to put some in the garden to build a small vegetable garden. But the English first sites that came up when doing some internet research were all about how dangerous the chemicals used to treat the wood are. The recommendation is don't use them. But when doing a search in Japanese the warnings were out there but harder to find.
I asked at the local hardware store and the ones they are selling are imported from Australia. What's going on, is the world selling Japan their old railway ties because they remain popular here but are hard to sell in Western countries?
Any one care to voice an opinion as to whether the European and American websites are overreacting or are the Japanese oblivious to the dangers?