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Tokushima Housing Fair 2018

Tokushima Newspaper organized and sponsored a local housing fair that was held on September 15th and 16th in Tokushima city, which is the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island. If you are not aware, Shikoku island is a… more

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Non-Residential Starts July 2018

Wooden non-residential countered weakness in housing and posted solid gains in July. Although the total number of non-residential wooden buildings declined from 1,722 in June to 1,693 in July, total wooden floor area increased 8.8% to… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for July 2018

In July total housing starts edged down 0.7% to 82,615 units. Owner occupied housing was up slightly with a 0.3% increase compared to a 1.4% decrease in rental housing. Total wooden housing declined 1.6% to 46,932 starts. Post and beam… more

Three Little Pigs 2×4 Episode #5

COFI’s new promotion initiative to promote 2×4 single-family housing to end users continues to grow. Since finalizing and posting four 2×4 animations based on the story of the “Three Little Pigs”, we have chalked up over… more

Midply Legally Positioned in PFC Building Code

The “Green Book” is the PFC structural calculation manual published by Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association. The Green Book is a key publication that the local building officials should refer to when they issue the building… more

Low-Rise Commercial Opportunities for Dimension Lumber

I recently had the opportunity to travel in Hokkaido to conduct market research on the possibility of Douglas Fir Larch J-Grade in Japan. With market research consultant Mr. Iida, I visited nine companies between July 23rd and 25th. Over… more

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Non-Residential Starts June2018

Between January and June, wooden non-residential starts totaled 9,056 units representing a total of 1,666,012m2 of total floor area. Translated into forest products demand, non-residential wood consumption is roughly estimated at just… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for June 2018

Overall housing market activity is showing signs of slowing over the second quarter. June total housing starts fell 7.1% to 81,275 units for the third consecutive monthly decline. The “mansion” condominium starts fell 36.2%, weighing… more

Celebrating 20 Years at COFI Japan!

On August 21st we took the opportunity at our COFI Shippers Meeting to present our Fumoto san with a Certificate of Appreciation for 20 years of service. Fumoto san has played a pivotal role on numerous technical initiatives and has… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for May 2018

Total May housing starts fell 1.3% to 79,539 units. The declines were uneven based on markets and building types. The mansion condominium market posted the strongest results with a 20.7% increase. Wooden starts fell 3.0% to 43,399 units…. more

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Japan Economic Update

In recent economic news Japan continues to forge ahead with free trade and has formally approved gambling resorts. On the trade front, CPTPP negotiators met in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture in July to expedite implementation of the… more

Fact Finding about Midply Wall System with FP Innovations

In 2018, Canada Wood is actively promoting the Midply Shear Wall System to architects, builders and wood products end users in Japan. During a recent visit to Vancouver in June, Scott Anderson and myself visited FP Innovations to discuss… more

Agricultural Building Boom

An encouraging trend that we have seen taking place for our industry, is an increase in the number of agricultural building going up in Japan. As other developed countries around the world have done, Japan’s farm industry is… more

Highest Shear Wall Multiplier Approved for P&B Midply

The “Shear Wall Multiplier” is the seismic resistance indicator specified in the Japanese building code (Building Standard Law: BSL). This allows architects to simplify the structural confirmation of shear walls against lateral force… more