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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

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: Almost A Year On, Are Abenomics Working?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned the LDP to power in December 2012 based a on a  platform of revitalizing the Japanese economy and ending a two decade long deflationary spiral…. more

Codes & Standards Progresses on CLT in Japan

Since several developments for accepting CLT in Japanese codes & standard were reported previously (http://canadawood.org/?author=4), there has been some new progress.  In the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF),… more

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New JAS Standard Similar to SPS4 under Development

The JAS revision committee for dimension lumber started to prepare a new standard similar to the SPS4 “Special Products Standard for Finger Jointed Machine Graded Lumber” published by the NLGA.  The draft work started from a… more

SPF in Post and Beam Structure

On November 15th, COFI Japan’s Shawn Lawlor and Kevin Bews visited a new project under construction in Yamanashi Prefecture by Heart Builder, a medium size construction company based in Tokyo. The project is a two-storey 780 m² post and… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:
Leading indicators pointed to continued economic recovery in August and September. The Bank of Japan “Tankan” Business confidence survey reported that large manufacturers dramatically improved their outlook to a… more