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China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

February economic highlights: 

China has lowered its expectation for economic growth to around 6.5% in 2017 which is still in line with analyst predictions.
The budget deficit target is at 3% of GDP in 2017, while the target for China… more

CW China strengthens presence in Central China

In 2017, Canada Wood China (CW China) will take the first steps to extend its reach to Wuhan, which is the economic engine of central China.
As part of its new business development plan, CW China is to support its business partners to… more

Chinese Delegation Interested in Hotel Construction

China Hotel Industry Promising
China’s hotel / motel industry has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, and today stands at 2.5 million hotel rooms. Relatively speaking however, this number is still very low as it equates to… more

UBC Earns Japan Wood Research Society Award

The Japan Wood Research Society held its 67th annual meeting from March 17th to 19th in Fukuoka City, Kyushu.  On the 18th, the Society presented an award to Frank Lam and Yuan Li from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.  The… more

The JAS Lumber Grading Championship Takes Place in Osaka

The Japan 2×4 Lumber JAS Council held its 29th lumber grading championship on March 10th.  This year, the venue was Osaka City Central Public Hall, a historical archive building designated as a National Important Cultural Property. … more

China Introduces Tall Wood Building Code

On February 21st, 2017 China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) issued “Technical standard for multi-storey and high-rise timber buildings (GB/T51226 – 2017)”. In line with a global push towards taller wood… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s economy grew by 1% in 2016, posting 4 straight quarters of positive gains. This compares with a 1.2% GDP rise in 2015. The gain was primarily because of increased external demand for exports. Aided by a… more

Canada’s Tall Wood-Mass Timber Introduced to Korea

On December 20th, the Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) held a ‘Seminar with Experts on Canadian Tall Wood-Mass Timber’ with the goal of improving domestic technological strengths and to encourage mutual co-operation among experts… more

South Korean Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economy Update
South Korea’s exports rose 11.2% on-year to US$40.3 billion in January, 2017, extending its winning streak to 3 months in a row, while imports plunged 19.7% to US$37.5 billion posting a 60 month straight month of trade… more

71 Million Visitor’s Hotel Stays in Japan

The Japan Tourism Agency reported the estimated number of hotel stays by visitors to Japan hit 70.88 million in March, 2017.  This represents an 8 percent increase from the previous period and a new record for overseas travelers hanging… more

A Man’s Castle is his 2×4 Home

“A man’s home is his castle” is an old English cliché, but when I recently went to visit a 2×4 house that’s been newly built in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan, this saying clearly became true…. more

China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

January economic highlights (China): 

China’s economy situation was generally positive in 2016 thanks to a growth in consumers spending and a property market rebound.
GDP grew 6.8% year-on-year during Q42016, which is slightly more… more

MAFF Seeks More Internationalized JAS Standards

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is planning on submitting a JAS law amendment bill to the regular National Diet session currently taking place.  The JAS law, stipulating how the Japanese Agricultural Standards… more

CLT JAS Standard Revision Work Commences

Almost 3 years have passed since the first Japanese CLT standard JAS 3079 was established in December 2013.  Most JAS standards are usually revised every 5 years, however MAFF* started its revision work in January of this year.  COFI… more

Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa Expanding

Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa is rapidly expanding. A new concept resort hotel recently built in Japan, on the outskirts of Eastern Tokyo that caters to canine clients and their owners is doing extremely well. The property currently… more

Yamamura Receives Well Deserved Recognition

Yamamura Co., Ltd., receives “Certificate of Appreciation & Recognition” for its “Leadership in Innovation and Support in the Commercial Development of Large Scale Two by Four Non-Residential Construction in Japan. Representing… more