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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

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for February & March 2018

Total February housing starts edged down 2.6% to 69,071 units. Wooden starts fell 3.2% to 38,340 units. Pre-fab housing fell 8% to 10,063 units. Post and beam housing declined 3.2% to 29,070. Platform frame starts fell 3.0% to 8,255 units…. more

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Japan Economic Update

According to Cabinet Office date, Japan’s first quarter GDP slipped by 0.2%, thereby ending two consecutive years of continuous growth. The decline was attributable to flat consumer spending and a slight decrease in capital investment…. more

Elderly Facility Suzuran

Yoshitaka Architects Engineers & Consultants has just finished another spectacularly designed and constructed 2×4 fireproof building in southern Japan. The architect firms latest work, is a long-term care geriatric health… more

Five-storey Office Building in Kyoto

An attractively designed wooden office building was one of eight projects recently selected and received recognition last month for “COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Award”. Not only is the project unique that it is 5-storey 2×4… more

NLT WG Upgraded to a Technical Committee

In fiscal 2017, the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association conducted the char margin fire tests under the Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) Working Group.  With increasing interest in the market potential of NLT, the Association decided that… more

Canada Wood Launches Midply Promotions Campaign

During the first quarter Canada Wood commenced our branding and promotions campaign to raise awareness about the Midply high performance shear wall system. Thanks to multiple years of technical development work we anticipate ministerial… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for January 2018

Total housing starts dropped 13.2% to 66,358 units in January. In particular, non-wood construction fell significantly while wooden housing largely held its own. The mansion condominium starts fell 50.2%, dragging down the non-wood starts… more

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Japan Economic Update

Japan has been experiencing the longest period of uninterrupted growth since the 1980s, however, recent indicators possibly point to some rough sailing ahead. Exports have posted 15 consecutive months of growth, registering a 1.8% gain in… more

COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Awards

To accelerate the adoption and expand awareness of 2×4 midrise wood construction projects (4-storeys or higher) in Japan. In a first of its kind, COFI Tokyo conducted a wood midrise design competition with support of Japanese… more