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Shawn Lawlor

Shawn Lawlor

Director, Canada Wood Japan

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Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa in 1990 and later from the Asia Pacific Management Program at Capilano College in 1995. His career has spanned 15 years in international forest and building products marketing and sales with leading primary producers. Shawn joined the Canada Wood group in April 2007 to take on the role of Director, Japan Operations. He resides in Tokyo with his wife Christine and son Cole.

Japan Economy, Housing, & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:      Japan Real Estate Showing Signs of Bottoming Out
According to a recent survey of nationwide land values published by MLIT, Japan’s real estate market is showing signs of recovery.  Although land values in the… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:      “Abenomics 101”
In December of 2012 the LDP’s Abe majority government returned to power with a clear mandate to reinvigorate the economy. The LDP’s economic reform platform, dubbed “Abenomics” consists… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: Have Cash / Willing to Travel: Japan’s Global M&A Activity
The rising pace of Japanese global M&A activity has been raising eyebrows recently. Over the past month Itochu Corp. purchased Dole’s global canned… more

Japan Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

In July Japan’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.3%, while the industrial production index and consumption price indices fell 1% and 0.3% on signs of economic weakening. Softening in China and Southeast Asian markets is putting… more

Japan Real Estate Update

According to statistics recently released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation & Tourism (MLIT) Japan real estate values continued to fall for the 21st consecutive year. However the pace of the decline has slowed… more