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Korea-U.S. FTA ratified

The National Assembly on November 22nd passed the long-pending Korea-U.S. free trade agreement, with the ruling Grand National Party pressing ahead with the ratification process despite vehement objection from opposition parties. The… more

Korea SPF Shipments

Owing to the progressive increase in wood housing starts and gaining popularity of SPF in structural use, Canadian SPF exports to South Korea in the first eight months of 2011 remarkably increased 28.15% to 91,256 MFBM compared with the… more

Korean Housing Construction

Korea’s housing starts in the first ninemonths of 2011 considerably increased 21.1% to 65,653 buildings from a year earlier 54,202 buildings owing to the tax benefits to real estate investors and widened financial support for local… more

Korea Economic Update

The overall Korean economy is reflecting worse fiscal conditions of the United States and European countries, seeing most key economic indices negatively affected.

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Japan Economic Update

Recovery Continues, but Headwinds Persist
Japan’s Real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 6.0% between July and September thanks to a rebound in auto-sector manufacturing and exports, modest growth in consumer spending and post-quake… more

Japan SPF Shipments

Despite the impacts of the March 11th earthquake and subsequent swings in housing market activity, 2011 SPF shipments have remained remarkably stable, albeit tracking last year’s exports at a marginally slower rate. By volume, SPF… more

Japan Housing Construction

Housing Posts Strong Gains in July & August, but Cools in September
Overall Japan’s housing market registered positive gains in the third quarter; however growth was concentrated in July and August. Overall housing starts increased… more

BC Mission to Japan

Between November 9th and 14th a mission of 25 forest industry executives was led to Japan by British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Minister Steve Thomson.  In Tokyo, Mission… more

Japan WHA manual to include SPF

Japan’s leading industry association representing the post and beam sector, the Wooden Home Association (WHA), is now in the process of drafting a structural design guideline for wooden post & beam houses.  In a chapter dealing with… more

Western Larch gains acceptance

As part of the current revision work to the JAS glulam standard, it was proposed to the JAS technical committee that Western Larch be included as an acceptable lamina species.  The JAS technical committee concluded that Western Larch is… more

Dimension Lumber in Post & Beam

The implementation of the “Act for Promotion of Use of Wood in Public Buildings”, also known as Japan’s Wood First Act, brings with it technical challenges to the wooden building industry.  Among the key issues, achieving open… more

CLT Introduced in Japan

On September 26th, a technical seminar on Cross Laminated Timber was held at the Canadian Embassy.  This event was sponsored by FPAC in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy and Canada Wood Tokyo.  As the timing coincided with several… more

Largest 3-storey opens doors

A new large wooden elderly care project, the Kazami-dori Nursing Home officially opened its doors on November 15th. The project is located in TadotsuTownship,KagawaPrefecture in Shikoku Japan. It is a three-storey elderly care facility… more

Environmental NGOs virtually impossible to work with

Lumber importers learn about Canada’s sustainably and legally harvested forests

The timber and wood products industries appear to find it virtually impossible to work with environmental NGOs. The apparent differences in culture… more

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Record Number of Elderly Care Projects

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reported that for the fiscal year 2010, 18 fireproof project applications were received to construct elderly care facilities in Japan compared to 7 for the previous period, largely due to COFI’s… more