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Family Hospice Kamonomiya House

On May 23rd, COFI Japan’s staff visited another first of its kind 2×4 fireproof structure being constructed in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. This project is being put up by a local builder,Iwasaki Kensetsu Kobou based in that… more

New Nursing Home in Fukushima

A new midsize elderly carefacility, Nursing Home Ryujin prepares to open its doors next month. This facility is located in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture and will provide care for 49 senior residents in the prefecture that have been… more

Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s GDP jumped to an annualized 5.9% in the January to March quarter thanks to a splurge of capital investment and consumer spending in advance of the consumption tax increase in April. Robust first quarter… more

Continuous Discussion on CLT JAS Standard

As one of the remaining challenges after the establishment of JAS*1 standard for cross laminated timber (CLT) in December 2013, is the fact that the species group concept for the boards has still not been accepted.  Recently COFI’s… more

Fire Test Successful for PFC Floor Assembly

After the successful fire test for a PFC roof assembly, the floor assembly fire tests were also successful.  These tests are part of a Canada Wood FY2014-2015 market access project, where we are working on “Fireproof Testing of PFC Roof… more

PFC Flat Roof Structure Passes Fire Test

As one of Canada Wood FY2014-2015 market access projects, we are working on “Fireproof Testing of PFC Roof & Exterior Emergency Hallway Floor Assemblies for Large Scale Structures”.  We are conducting full sized fire tests for the… more

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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