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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

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Confidence among Japan’s large manufacturers rose to its highest level since the early stages of the global credit crisis in 2007. The Bank of Japan’s quarterly “Tankan” index for big manufacturers rose to 12… more

Record Year for 2×4 Fireproof Care Facilities in Japan

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports a record 18 fireproof approval applications for elderly care related projects in the first eight months of this year (Jan – Aug, 2013). Compared to 13 approvals for the same period… more

Mid-Ply Research Presented at AIJ Annual Convention

The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) held the annual convention from August 30th to September 1st at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.  At the technical sessions, two oral presentations were made on the Mid-Ply Wall System.  These… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:
A string of positive economic data continued over the summer months. MLIT reported than between April and June, land values rose in 99 of 150 locations nationwide. Housing starts posted the 10th consecutive monthly rise in… more

Sendai Locals Expand Yuriage Public Market Project

This past May the Yuriage Public Market Project was completed in Natori City, Miyagi as the second project under the Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project. The structures completed include two platform frame buildings housing commercial… more