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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

Five Elderly Care Projects in June

Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports processing five (5) elderly care facility fireproof approvals in June. Typically the association receives about 2 or 3 of these applications per month. However June proved to be an… more

Japan Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

As was widely expected, April’s consumption tax increase from 5 to 8% is precipitating economic contraction in the second quarter. Although Japan posted impressive real annualised GDP growth of 6.7% between January and March,… more

Japan Economy, Housing, & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economy
In late June Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the long awaited structural reform policies to stimulate Japan’s economy. Despite the wait the reform policies, known as the third arrow of Abenomics, largely fell short of… more

Japan’s First CLT Building Completed

The first Japanese building constructed with cross laminated timber (CLT) structure was completed in Ootoyo Town in Kochi Prefecture.  This dormitory building with a total floor area of 266 m2 was built as a pure CLT structure without… more

Niigata’s First 2X4 Elderly Care Facility Underway

A new large facility for seniors, Nursing Home Paru Confy Hidamarien is under construction in Shinhatsuta City, Niigata Prefecture. It is the first fireproof 2×4 elderly care facility to be constructed in Niigata prefecture. The total… more

Second Nursing Home in Yamagata Opens

Nursing Home Murayama begins operations in Murayama City, Yamagata Prefecture.  This is the second elderly care 2×4 fireproof building to be constructed in this prefecture. The two-storey facility is 1,670 m² and consumed roughly… more