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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

71 Million Visitor’s Hotel Stays in Japan

The Japan Tourism Agency reported the estimated number of hotel stays by visitors to Japan hit 70.88 million in March, 2017.  This represents an 8 percent increase from the previous period and a new record for overseas travelers hanging… more

A Man’s Castle is his 2×4 Home

“A man’s home is his castle” is an old English cliché, but when I recently went to visit a 2×4 house that’s been newly built in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan, this saying clearly became true…. more

MAFF Seeks More Internationalized JAS Standards

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is planning on submitting a JAS law amendment bill to the regular National Diet session currently taking place.  The JAS law, stipulating how the Japanese Agricultural Standards… more

CLT JAS Standard Revision Work Commences

Almost 3 years have passed since the first Japanese CLT standard JAS 3079 was established in December 2013.  Most JAS standards are usually revised every 5 years, however MAFF* started its revision work in January of this year.  COFI… more

Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa Expanding

Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa is rapidly expanding. A new concept resort hotel recently built in Japan, on the outskirts of Eastern Tokyo that caters to canine clients and their owners is doing extremely well. The property currently… more

Yamamura Receives Well Deserved Recognition

Yamamura Co., Ltd., receives “Certificate of Appreciation & Recognition” for its “Leadership in Innovation and Support in the Commercial Development of Large Scale Two by Four Non-Residential Construction in Japan. Representing… more

24 Million Visitors to Japan in 2016

In January 2017, the Japanese government reported a record number of visitors to Japan from overseas, with just over 24 million tourists spending about 3.75 trillion yen in the country in 2016. These are both all-time highs for the Land of… more

Elderly Care Market Segment Remains Strong

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports another record-tying month for nursing home projects. In the month of December 2016, four 2×4 elderly care project applications (fireproof building applications) were received by the… more