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Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economy 
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) lowered growth forecasts for the current fiscal year down from 1.5% to 1.1%. The BOJ forecasts economic growth of 1.5% in fiscal 2015. Encouraged by signs that they are on track to reach their target of 2%… more

Record Year for 2×4 Fireproof Structures

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports a new record 289 units (98,876 m²) of fireproof approvals for the fiscal year 2013 (274 approvals in fiscal 2012) for a accumulative total of 2,306 units (561,896 m²) of 2×4… more

Nursing Home Otsukawa Yawataien Opens

A new midsize elderly carefacility, Nursing Home Otsukawa Yawataien begins operations. The nursing home is located in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture and will provide care for 61 senior residents in the community. This is the third elderly… more

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Reconstruction in Tohoku

How the Japanese Physically Move Mountains
Japan recently marked the third anniversary since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. I recently had the opportunity to drive up the Tohoku Coast to coordinate our third… more

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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Economy
Signal Housing Industry Risks
This past March the LDP government tabled a revision to the Dispatch Worker Law which allows for temporary labour to be employed in all job categories, up from two dozen categories at present. With a… more

Proud New Home Owners

Who would have thought that a married couple that previously participated in COFI’s Elderly Care Tour Mission to Canada would be moving into a 2×4 custom home four years down the road… fast forward to 2014… and that is exactly… more

Nursing Home Ansuriru Opens

A new large platform frame elderly care facility – the third largest of its kind – opens its doors. And the name of this particular project might ring a bell with a few of our readers, as you were probably on hand when BC… more

Midply Case Study Manual Completed

As one of the key Canada Wood technical development initiatives, COFI Tokyo has been working on Midply Wall System since 2010.  The Midply Wall System was originally invented in 1998 by Dr. Erol Varoglu of Forintek Corp (now… more

4-Storey Fireproof Apartment

On February 4th, COFI Japan’s staff visited a unique 2×4 fireproof building under construction near the main Kawasaki train station in Kanagawa Prefecture. The project is being constructed by a medium size construction company,… more

SPF and OSB use in Hybrid Post & Beam Structure

A new project, a small elderly care home is under construction in the capital city of Hokkaido, Sapporo, by local contractor Takeuchi Kensetsu. The project is a two-storey post and beam structure (425 m²) that was designed by Nishikawa… more

Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan’s economy closed out 2013 on a fragile upwards growth trajectory. Annual GDP advanced 1.6% in 2013. However fourth quarter GDP results fell to a 0.9% annualized rate. Weaker than expected consumer demand as well as declining… more

2×4 Fireproof Care Facilities in Japan

Last year was an exceptional year for 2×4 fireproof elderly care facilities being built in this country and somewhat ironic that the Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reported 24 applications approvals in 2013. Note that many… more

COFI Japan Launches Revamped Website

COFI took its revamped Japanese website live at the end of December. The new site was re-designed to be more visually engaging and provide better organized and timely information for lumber and building industry professionals in Japan. The… more

Japan Economy, Housing, and Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: In Search of the Virtuous Cycle 
In 2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” economic reform policies showed progess in re-energizing Japan’s economy and ending two decades of deflation. As the year closed… more