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MLIT Announces Housing Eco Points Program for 2015

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation & Tourism (MLIT) announced that it will bring back the Housing Eco Points housing stimulus program in fiscal 2015. This program provides home owners subsidies for purchasing energy… more

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Canada Rebuilds Lives in Japan’s Tohoku Region

Canada Wood Group, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of sustainable, Canadian wood products around the world, celebrated 40 years in Japan on October 16th.
On the same day, British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Steve… more

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Director’s Message

Work in the Shadows
Most of what is known and appreciated about Canada Wood activities and programming takes place in the open, often publicized and visible to industry. Frequently however crucial work takes place behind the scenes on… more

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Canadian Lumber Backed as a Sustainable Brand in Japan

Canadian exporters supplying the Japanese market now have a tool to support their sustainable brand.
The PDF: Canada – Supplying Sustainable, High-Quality Forest Products, is available to Japanese buyers interested in Canada’s… more

Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Economy
After the 7.1% GDP contraction in Q2, Japan’s economy continued to move sideways through September. The trade deficit for the first half of 2014 reach a record 5.4 trillion yen. Although exports increased 1.7%, rising fuel… more

Japan Economy, Construction, & Lumber Shipments

Economy
In September the Japanese yen continued to weaken moving from 104 yen to 109 to the US dollar.  The weakening yen propelled the Nikkei Stock Index to the 16,300 level – its highest finish in seven years. Since the LDP came… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

After the surge leading up to the consumption tax increase of 5% to 8% on April 1st, Japan’s GDP contracted at an annualized 6.8% in the April to June quarter. The second quarter contraction was led by weakness in consumption and… more

COFI Tokyo Participates in WCTE 2014

From August 10 to 14, the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) was held in Quebec City.  The WCTE is an international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures, which is held biannually… more

Looking for New Opportunities

The Tokai 2×4 Lumber Council held an internal workshop on designing and constructing large 2×4 structures for its members in Nagoya on August 22nd. As COFI has been doing a lot of pioneering work in this field, Kevin Bews was… more

Nursing Home Kazuenosha

A new nursing home under construction inFuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, will soon open in the middle of October this year. Nursing Home Kazuenosha is a two-storey2x4 fireproof structure located near the base of Japan’s sacred Mount Fuji,… more

2×4 Hospice Opens

On July 5th, COFI Japan’s Kevin Bews attended the open house for Family Hospice Kamonomiya. Some of you may recall that I wrote an earlier piece on this project in May while it was under construction. Well that is history nowadays and… more