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Esprit Kagoshima Aira

Elder care service provider Esprit, continues to expand with 2×4. They are now constructing their fourth 2×4 senior’s facility in Kyushu region of Japan, this time in Aira City in Kagoshima Prefecture, slated for completion… more

2×4 Housing Promotion Initiative

COFI SPF Group’s initiative to promote 2×4 single-family housing continues to gain momentum. Since finalizing and posting four animations based on the story of the “Three Little Pigs” in April 2016, outlining the advantages of… more

NLT Technical Work Begins

As part of our technical program for 2017, Canada Wood has commenced the of “Code Recognition of NLT (Nail Laminated Timber) Floor Systems” project.  As this is the collaborative work with the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association,… more

Japan Economy & Housing Starts

Japan’s economy continued along a path of modest growth in an environment of low inflation and tightening labour conditions. Thanks to recovering inter-Asian trade, Japan’s exports jumped 9.5% between January to June. The strengthening… more

Nursing Home Ekureshia Minamiizu

A large 3-storey elderly care facility is under construction in Izu Peninsula in Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture with a total floor area of 5,567 m². It is 2×4 fireproof structure and upon completion in January of 2018, the… more

Nursing Home Glanza

A newly completed elderly care facility featuring the most recent improvements in 2×4 fireproof building technologies in Japan, will open its doors on July 1st, 2017. To commemorate the occasion, an opening ceremony was held on June… more

Successful Fire Test for Service Equipment Openings

As part of ongoing work to advance fire resistive construction a 2-hour fire resistive test was conducted on May 25th for service equipment openings such as electric outlets.  After COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association… more

Rakuwa Villa Opens

An impressively designed and constructed wooden elderly care facility, Rakuwa Villa Nursing Home, in the heart of Tokyo began operating on April 1, 2017. It is the second large 2×4 built public funded nursing home of its kind to be… more

Literature Renewal

The COFI SPF Group has just completed a major update of our popular “Nikkei Elderly Care Facilities” literature. This piece was originally designed and printed in 2008 and was 12 pages at the time. Over the years, this particular piece… more

Japan Economy & Housing Starts

Japan Q1 GDP grew at an annualized 1.2% rate. February industrial production posted a solid growth of 4.7%. February unemployment held at 2.8%, its lowest level since the early 1990s. The consumer price index edged up 0.2% in February…. more

Canada Wood Asian Manager’s Regional Meeting

A Canada Wood Asian manager’s regional meeting took place in Japan from April 25th to 28th. At the meeting, 15 persons from 5 countries (Canada, China, Korea, Indian and Japan) gathered to familiarize themselves with their colleagues and… more

UBC Earns Japan Wood Research Society Award

The Japan Wood Research Society held its 67th annual meeting from March 17th to 19th in Fukuoka City, Kyushu.  On the 18th, the Society presented an award to Frank Lam and Yuan Li from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.  The… more

The JAS Lumber Grading Championship Takes Place in Osaka

The Japan 2×4 Lumber JAS Council held its 29th lumber grading championship on March 10th.  This year, the venue was Osaka City Central Public Hall, a historical archive building designated as a National Important Cultural Property. … more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s economy grew by 1% in 2016, posting 4 straight quarters of positive gains. This compares with a 1.2% GDP rise in 2015. The gain was primarily because of increased external demand for exports. Aided by a… more