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Risk of hard landing persists

Economic forecasting is a challenging task at the best of times. For a non-standard economy like China, it is even more difficult; the government has more levers of influence, policy changes are not part of the public dialogue and… more

Midply Use Adopted in Second High Profile Midrise Project

In 2010, MLIT implemented an awards program “Innovative Sustainability Award”, for large scale projects promoting substantial wood use, leading to an effective measure of CO2 sequestration. The first building to win the MLIT Innovative… more

Platform Frame Midrise Gaining Momentum in Tokyo Market

In early October, Canada Wood visited the Rakuwa 4 storey elderly care facility under construction in Tokyo’s central Bunkyo Ward. The project’s basement and first floor are constructed of reinforced concrete with floors 2, 3 and 4… more

Communities Making Good Use of Reconstruction Projects

On October 5th, Natural Resource Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister, Glenn Mason and Canada Wood Japan’s, Shawn Lawlor, visited the Jericho Support Centre reconstruction project in Iwaki City, Fukushima to see how the community was… more

Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update

On the surface, with 1.37 jobs available for every worker and an unemployment rate of 3.1%, Japan’s labour market is in a relatively sweet spot globally. But the growth of temporary non-regular employment since the… more

China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

PROPERTY MARKET
Reports indicate that Chinese property market prices rose more in August than they have in the last six years. New-home prices increased in 64 of 70 cities, marking a 9.2% increase year-on-year. In Shanghai and Beijing,… more

The Mark of the Beginning of Korean Tall Wood Buildings

South Korea is on the tall wood building bandwagon! The Central Laboratory of Forest Genetic Resources Department (FGRD) of the Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI), completed in May 2016, is the largest wood frame construction in… more

South Korea Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update
South Korea’s GDP per capita reached US$27,214 in 2015 and is expected to touch the landmark US$30,000 level (be more specific, US$31,744) in 2018 contingent upon some economic conditions including annual GDP growth of… more

Bringing the CLT Buzz from Austria to China

In 2012, the delegates at the World Conference for Timber Engineering (WCTE) were asked to cast their vote to determine the 2016 conference venue. Four years later, over 1,200 experts from 46 countries around the world gathered in Vienna,… more

COFI Updates JAS ROCB Status under ISO/IEC 17065

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) issued the certificate of renewal of Registered Overseas Certifying Organization (ROCB) status to COFI dated July 29th.  The ROCBs can certify mills that manufacture products… more

Lumbertec – 25 Years On & Going Strong

On August 23rd, Mr. Kazuhiro Saito, Owner and President of Lumbertec Co., Ltd., graciously hosted and personal led a factory tour of his highly automated 2×4 component and truss fabrication plant located in Ibaraki Prefecture. The… more

Cool Japan’s Hot Market

As Japan Tourism Agency prepares to gear up its tourism promotion of “Cool Japan” with its slogan of a country with “Endless Discoveries”, trying to entice even more, and wealthy visitors from abroad with a proposed war chest of… more