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Japan Economic Overview

While still registering positive growth, the Japanese economy is facing headwinds of sluggish consumer demand and slowing exports. In 2018 Japan achieved record number of inbound tourists at 31.19 million; with tourism spending also… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for November 2018

October total housing starts declined 0.6% to 84,213 units. The recent trend of resilience in owner occupied starts and sluggishness in rentals continued. Owner occupied housing starts increased 2.5%, whereas rental housing fell 6.9%…. more

2×4 Social Media Campaign

COFI Tokyo launched its second YouTube and Facebook advertising social media promotion campaign last month to create awareness and positively brand 2×4 to prospective home buyers in Japan. This year’s campaign runs for three… more

Midply Makes It’s Debut at the Green Book Seminars

As reported in this blog in August 2018, the Midply Wall System has been officially positioned in the Japanese PFC building code by means of a revision to the “Green Book” structural design manual. Local building officials refer to… more

Tokachi 2×4 Association 40th Anniversary Event

The Tokachi 2×4 Association celebrated its 40th anniversary on October 24th and 25th. The organization is made up of twenty-two local 2×4 home builders and they design and build some of the best quality 2×4 homes in Japan…. more

Technical Approaches to NLT in Progress

Subsequently to establishing an NLT technical committee in April 2018, COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association has been working together on several Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) test programs. One technical project is to… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for September 2018

In September total housing starts edged down 1.5% to 81,903 units. Owner occupied housing was unchanged compared to a 5.8% decrease in rental housing. Total wooden housing was also unchanged at 48,404 starts. However, weakness in rental… more

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