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Low-Rise Commercial Opportunities for Dimension Lumber

I recently had the opportunity to travel in Hokkaido to conduct market research on the possibility of Douglas Fir Larch J-Grade in Japan. With market research consultant Mr. Iida, I visited nine companies between July 23rd and 25th. Over… more

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Non-Residential Starts June2018

Between January and June, wooden non-residential starts totaled 9,056 units representing a total of 1,666,012m2 of total floor area. Translated into forest products demand, non-residential wood consumption is roughly estimated at just… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for June 2018

Overall housing market activity is showing signs of slowing over the second quarter. June total housing starts fell 7.1% to 81,275 units for the third consecutive monthly decline. The “mansion” condominium starts fell 36.2%, weighing… more

Celebrating 20 Years at COFI Japan!

On August 21st we took the opportunity at our COFI Shippers Meeting to present our Fumoto san with a Certificate of Appreciation for 20 years of service. Fumoto san has played a pivotal role on numerous technical initiatives and has… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for May 2018

Total May housing starts fell 1.3% to 79,539 units. The declines were uneven based on markets and building types. The mansion condominium market posted the strongest results with a 20.7% increase. Wooden starts fell 3.0% to 43,399 units…. more

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Japan Economic Update

In recent economic news Japan continues to forge ahead with free trade and has formally approved gambling resorts. On the trade front, CPTPP negotiators met in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture in July to expedite implementation of the… more

Fact Finding about Midply Wall System with FP Innovations

In 2018, Canada Wood is actively promoting the Midply Shear Wall System to architects, builders and wood products end users in Japan. During a recent visit to Vancouver in June, Scott Anderson and myself visited FP Innovations to discuss… more

Agricultural Building Boom

An encouraging trend that we have seen taking place for our industry, is an increase in the number of agricultural building going up in Japan. As other developed countries around the world have done, Japan’s farm industry is… more

Highest Shear Wall Multiplier Approved for P&B Midply

The “Shear Wall Multiplier” is the seismic resistance indicator specified in the Japanese building code (Building Standard Law: BSL). This allows architects to simplify the structural confirmation of shear walls against lateral force… more

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for February & March 2018

Total February housing starts edged down 2.6% to 69,071 units. Wooden starts fell 3.2% to 38,340 units. Pre-fab housing fell 8% to 10,063 units. Post and beam housing declined 3.2% to 29,070. Platform frame starts fell 3.0% to 8,255 units…. more

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Japan Economic Update

According to Cabinet Office date, Japan’s first quarter GDP slipped by 0.2%, thereby ending two consecutive years of continuous growth. The decline was attributable to flat consumer spending and a slight decrease in capital investment…. more

Elderly Facility Suzuran

Yoshitaka Architects Engineers & Consultants has just finished another spectacularly designed and constructed 2×4 fireproof building in southern Japan. The architect firms latest work, is a long-term care geriatric health… more

Five-storey Office Building in Kyoto

An attractively designed wooden office building was one of eight projects recently selected and received recognition last month for “COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Award”. Not only is the project unique that it is 5-storey 2×4… more

NLT WG Upgraded to a Technical Committee

In fiscal 2017, the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association conducted the char margin fire tests under the Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) Working Group.  With increasing interest in the market potential of NLT, the Association decided that… more

Canada Wood Launches Midply Promotions Campaign

During the first quarter Canada Wood commenced our branding and promotions campaign to raise awareness about the Midply high performance shear wall system. Thanks to multiple years of technical development work we anticipate ministerial… more