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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

2016 Korea Wood Design Award kicks off

Korea Association of Wood Culture (KAWC) has started recruiting candidates by holding a series of briefing sessions on the 2016 Korea Wood Design Awards at various universities nationwide.  KAWC invited CWK to their briefing sessions and… more

South Korea Economy, Construction and Lumber Shipments

Economy Update
South Korea has regained its title as the world’s 11th-largest economy in nine years with its GDP standing at US$1.38 trillion in 2015.  It is the first time in nine years that South Korea has regained its 11th place in… more

Japan Economy, Construction and Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Following the United Kingdom’s surprise Brexit vote results, the Japanese yen has continued to strengthen dramatically as international investors hedge their bets in yen as a safe haven currency. Over the last 6… more

Inspired by Whistler – resort design in Jilin, China

In July I travelled to Changbai Mountain, a popular resort area near Changchun in Jilin Province, with my family to escape from Shanghai’s terribly hot summer. In Changbai, the weather is cool and the air is so fresh. Everything I saw… more

The Times They Are A-changin

It is great to see other non-wood related industries picking up on the wood building theme. In the not so recent past, except for wood related ones, most major related magazines in Japan very rarely reported on designing or building large… more

Is the Concrete Jungle Turning to Wood!?

A very large 2×4 wood structure, the second of its kind, is now being constructed in one of most populous cities in the world. And believe it or not, it will be right next door to Tokyo Dome, serving as the home stadium of the Yomiuri… more

Toyota WoodYou Home Invites COFI as Guest Speaker

Hidehiko Fumoto, Deputy Director of COFI/Canada Wood gave a 2-hour talk to the design division staff of Toyota WoodYou Home Co, Ltd. Tochigi Prefecture on July 7th, 2016.  The company holds monthly training sessions, where they invite… more

P&B Fire Resistive Buildings Growing Steadily

The Post & Beam sector in Japan is enjoying a steady increase in fire resistive building starts.  Japan Wooden Home Association (WHA) announced the latest statistics indicating the significant growth of the buildings with the fire… more

B.C. Luncheon with Premier Christy Clark

Canada Wood Korea (CWK) was invited with 16 CEOs of wood industry and architects to a business luncheon with B.C. Premier Christy Clark took place on Wednesday, May 25th at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, which was hosted by the B.C. Ministry of… more