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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s economy continues along the path of recovery as the Nikkei 225 Index rose to 20,868 – the highest level in 18 years in June. The government improved its assessment of the economy as “picking up”,… more

Canadian Lumber School Symposium Launched

Canada Wood held a “Canadian Lumber School Symposium” at the Canadian Embassy on June 24th. The event was developed as an educational tool for younger to mid-level management in trading companies, forest products distributors and end… more

Greybook Publisher Endorses COFI’s Design Manual

Popularly known as HOWTEC, The Japan Housing and Wood Technology Centre, recently gave COFI an endorsement to the structural design manual for dimension lumber in P&B horizontal diaphragms.  HOWTEC publishes the “Greybook” that… more

CLT Technical Committee Releases FY2014 Report

Since 2013, MLIT* has funded a technical project to establish a CLT structural design guide.  On behalf of Dr. J. D. Barrett, emeritus professor of UBC, COFI has participated in the technical committee meetings for the project.  The… more

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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update: From Scandals to TPP
Two large financial scandals grabbed headlines in Tokyo over the past month. The first was the ballooning costs of Tokyo’s new stadium to be built for the 2020 Olympics. As costs jumped to 252… more

New Seniors Facilities Literature Released

A new piece of literature was developed for the Japanese market and released in July. This piece of literature, which is 36 pages and titled “Japanese Seniors Facilities – Living in Wood Buildings” was designed and printed by the… more

The Granddaddy

A uniquely designed and constructed wooden elderly care facility, Oyama-Cho Senior Care Complex, will soon be the Grand Poobah in terms of building size. The project is elderly care facility located about 100 km from Tokyo in Gotenba City,… more

GICO and Daljeon-ri Project Makes National TV News

KBS, Korean Broadcasting System, the largest national TV network in Korea, aired 1 minute 45 second long news segment about GICO’s Gapyeong Daljeon-ri Project as the first crown corporation’s participation in wood frame housing… more

Ribbon Cutting at Alberta Pavillion

The construction of Alberta Pavilion in Gangwon Province, designed by a Korean architect and built with Canadian wood products, has been completed and, on May 13, the ribbon cutting ceremony was held attended by Moon Soon Choi, governor of… more

Korean Economy, Construction, Lumber Shipments

South Korea posted a trade surplus for the 39th month in a row in April of 2015 by reaching US$8.5 billion, up marginally from US$ 8.4 billion in March as imports dropped at a faster pace than exports.
Slump in major countries such as the… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan’s Economy Posting Moderate Recovery & Household Savings Top Record
Exceeding analyst expectations, the Japanese economy registered an annualized growth rate of 2.4% between January and March 2015. The positive news pushed the… more

Japan JAS Lumber Council Graders Tour to B.C.

Between May 18th and 24th COFI Tokyo’s Fumoto san led a group of seven Japanese quality control staff from Mitsui Home, Taihei Housing and Mitsubishi Estate on an educational mission to Canada. The group visited Mid-Rise construction… more

Beyond Residential Housing

Kyowa Corporation, a construction company based in Aichi prefecture, sponsored a senior’s workshop on designing and constructing elderly care facilities in platform frame construction in Nagoya on May 16th in hopes to expand its business… more

Both Young & Elderly Cared for at Unique Facility

A new and distinct 2×4 care facility began operating this month that is geared to looking after both the young and old in Japan. This dual purpose building is a combination 1 and 3-storey structure which has a combined total floor… more